This is where you see that we are definitely in drought. The barrages haven't been able to be opened to allow water to flow through as there has been none to flow. I am sorry we didn't have the opportunity to see Lake Alexandrina a little further upstream (see map), as I know that this would be considerably lower than when we last visited a couple of years ago. Water Level and Salinity Predictions for 2009 are quite startling. The lack of flow is putting the Murray Mouth at risk as sand is building up which may cause the mouth to close. This will seriously impact the ecosystem of the Coorong. Thus sand pumping has been in place since 2002.
When you are visiting Goolwa do head on over to Hindmarsh Island and visit the Murray Mouth which is now signed with explanations for visitors.
But be sure to make your way round to the Goolwa Barrage - not so well signposted. Take a walk, enjoy the magnificent birdlife, wonder along with me where the birds will be living in the future and truly be informed about the state of the Mighty River Murray. No doubt you'll wonder, along with the rest of us, where on earth the "Mighty" went. Fortunately it is the Almighty One who is looking after us.
It is certainly very clear that Goolwa needs water now! If you miss that, as you drive through the town, you must be blind as there are bright red signs up everywhere pleading with us all to save the town, the river and the ecosystem of the Coorong.