Our future depends on sustainable water practice. Protect the plan.

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I remember the day in 2010 when my husband said, “Grab your camera and go down to the lake!” The water in Lake Albert was gone - not even with my zoom lens could I find it, the water was so shallow that it had blown out. There was this eerie silence - not a bird, not even a seagull - only the sound of my heart pounding. I remembered thinking “is this it?”
We had been told about sulphur acetate soils, the possibility of having bottled water trucked in, and by then most of the dairies had shut - many sending cattle to slaughter as there was no available water and the salt was just too high. The looks of despair and fear on the faces of the townspeople were forever etched into my mind, but so were the resilience and the uniting of the community to fight for the area we all live in and love.
We all understand and remember the devastation we endured, and the many stories of other people and communities from right up and down the river system. We cannot stand by and allow this to happen again. So instead we’ll stand up, and stand together, and demand a fair and functioning plan to make sure that come flood or drought, whatever water is in the basin is shared fairly.



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