Lindsay Doust- Hook, Line & Sinker

Run-off a real concern

Sometimes in the area of recreational fishing we need to raise issues that are of concern. There are many such matters that anglers have faced over the last few years but one that has to be addressed today is that of run-off in our waterways.

I have been bass fishing the Richmond area since 1974 and the difference in the river has become increasingly evident to me. In the early days it would take considerable rainfall to cause a rise in the river and for a great colour change to occur. Today the river becomes very muddy even after only moderate falls. The rain of last week in the headwaters of the river was only a little over an inch in the old system (25mm) yet we have very dirty water flowing through Lismore. Why the change? I am one of those who accept that change does happen in the evolutionary system and that as humans we can significantly impact on the speed of change. We often devote all our time to the major issues such as climate change (and so we must) but we need also to look closely at issues that seem far more local. Extreme run-off from bare land seems to be one we are ignoring.


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