Leading role in the Darling River Water Saving Project
Between 2007-2010, Tony Wright acted as Chair for the Steering Committee for the Darling River Water Saving Project. The committee was established to advise the Australian and NSW Governments how best to mitigate vast water losses in the Menindee Lakes Water Storage System, and augment and secure the water supply to Broken Hill. The Australian Government had committed some $400 million to this high profile and politically sensitive project.
The Steering Committee, comprising representatives of relevant stakeholder Government agencies, the MDBA, State Water Corporation, CMAs, and the Broken Hill City Council, guided several studies conducted over a three year period.
Tony in association with the committee produced a final report with a detailed evaluation of six competing approaches to bring about water savings in the Menindee Lakes system. The schemes evaluated featured various combinations of water storage/release operating arrangements, including reduced use of some lakes for water storage, and construction of some new water management structures. The analyses examined socio-economic, environment, and cultural heritage impacts in the context of potential water savings. This complex evaluation was undertaken using a series of tools including benefit/cost analysis and impact assessment.
In addition to the Menindee Lakes schemes, the report described a number of schemes designed to provide an alternative “drought water supply” for Broken Hill. These included the feasibility of managed aquifer recharge and conventional surface water storage concepts.
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