Current Macquarie River water allocation method unsustainable

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Resarchers have discovered climate change threatens the current water allocation method used for the Macquarie River in New South Wales.

The Macquarie River, among other rivers in the Murray-Darling Basin,  uses a ‘credit’ system to allocate water,  which means that water is allocated before it even rains based on previous years.

This method potentially negatively impacts the livelihood of the communities who rely on such rivers as well as the surrounding environment if predictions are inaccurate and with the changing climate this will become an even bigger issue.

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