Rain fills dams as court allows trade on water rights

Lenore Taylor; 6/3/10

Only a third of the flooding rains around St George in southern Queensland will make it over the border into NSW once large irrigators such as the cotton farm Cubbie Station fill their dams. But a court decision this week has raised hopes the Commonwealth might buy back Cubbie’s rights to store enough water to fill Sydney Harbour. Experts say more than 1800 gigalitres of water has flowed through St George’s Beardmore Dam into the Balonne River since drenching rain began to fall last month. The town of St George is facing major flooding.

See: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/water-issues/rain-fills-dams-as-court-allows-trade-on-water-rights-20100305-popl.html