Constructing en-route storage in the Macquarie River system
A range of options have been considered for increasing storage and delivery efficiency in the Macquarie regulated rivers for the benefit of water users and the environment.
A report commission by State Water Corporation in 2009 considered possible water savings in the Lachlan, Gwydir and Macquarie river systems.
The SKM report (available here) found that constructing an en-route storage in the Macquarie River system would greatly assist in reducing system delivery losses, with water savings offsetting the costs of constructing the storage structure.
Advancing this project will require support and possible joint funding from the irrigation industry, Local Government, and Federal and NSW Government water holders and regulators.