Macquarie natives out of the cold

IT has been reported that upgrade works to Burrendong Dam on the Macquarie River, central NSW, which included the installation of a floating temperature control curtain has reduced the amount of cold water pollution occurring downstream.

The latest newsletter from the NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers reports that local anglers are starting to see improvements in the river and its native fish populations with the fish reportedly more active, feeding more aggressively and growing quickly.

Last October, the river temperature was seven degrees warmer than it has been for the past six years.

The Inland Waterways Rejuvenation Association (IWRA) president Matt Hansen told the Daily Liberal that the Macquarie River has flourished in recent times, making it an exciting time to be a fisherman.

The river has started to see the benefits of the $3.4 million upgrade to the Burrendong Dam with increased size and activity among fish in the Macquarie River, Hansen said.

The Macquarie River has received a lot of publicity in recent times following the approval of a controversial pipeline project to back up the Orange township’s water supply.

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