I sent the following letter to the SMH on Sunday 28th March,2010,
"Your heart warming lead article on beneficial flooding in western NSW, (SMH 27th March) attributes a statement to Professor Richard Kingsford that the Lower Lakes (Alexandrina and Albert) at the mouth of the Murray, are below sea level for the first time in 7,000 years.
If the man made weirs (The Barrages) did not exist, salt water would have entered the lakes as it always did in times when upstream flows were restricted by lack of run-off generating rains. What would be so disastrous about such a natural phenomenon? The presumption that these Lakes, with their massive evaporation levels, should always be kept full of fresh water is extraordinary."