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A comment on allocating regulated river water for the Ord River, Western Australia


  • Rob Doupé,

  • Ray Froend,

  • Neil Pettit

  • Rob Doupéis a research fellow with the Fish Health Unit, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Murdoch University (Murdoch, WA 6150, Australia. Tel. 08 93607419. Fax: 08 9310 4144. Email:; Ray Froend is a senior lecturer within the Centre for Ecosystem Management in the School of Natural Sciences, Edith Cowan University (Joondalup, WA 6027, Australia. Email:; Neil Pettit is a research fellow in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington (Seattle, Washington 98195-5020, USA. E-mail: This comment reflects the authors’ aspiration that an understanding of what is desired and what may be lost, is clearly acknowledged when dealing with the complex task of allocating environmental water provisions. It was triggered by their concerns for the implications of the forthcoming quadruple expansion of the Ord River Irrigation Area.