7 reasons why using ‘environmental water’ for farming is a really bad idea.

Bad for the environment, bad for irrigators’ rights, not helpful for the farmers it is supposed to help — in a competitive field, this is truly one of the worst water policy ideas of recent times.

Why is ‘environmental water’ so important?

1// It’s not legal

2// Illegally using water, or even changing the law to make it legal, would mean the entire Basin Plan has failed.

3// It damages farmers’ and environmental property rights.

4// There is water available on the market right now.

5// You can bet, any water sold will go to big cotton or nut farmers.

6// Water for cows is already being sold for nuts — literally.

7// Where would it end?

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