Case Study: The snowy Mountains Scheme

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  • Case Study: The snowy Mountains Scheme
    • This scheme involves 16 major dams, 7 power stations and a network of pipes and aqueducts
    • Problems Created
      • Creation of strong lakes has destroyed wildlife habitats
      • Snowy River flow has fallen to 1%
      • Ground water salinisation results from low flow
      • Water security has lead to competition between users
      • Political fallout meant governments had to restore some of the flow in the Snowy River and invest in water- saving projects
      • Record droughts due to to El Nino have used up the water allocations
    • Water futures
      • The issues of future projections are that climate change is occurring but its exact impact cannot be predicted.
      • Also continued economic growth may not be inevitable e.g. credit crunch, finally political and religious conflicts can create further issues

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