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From 1935 to 1940, a number of dams were built near Murray Mouth to stop seawater leakage in the lower part of the river while running low. They are the Goolwa Dam at 632 meters (2,073 ft), the Mundoo Canal Dam at 800 meters (2,600 ft), the Boundary Creek Dam at 243 meters (797 ft), Ewe Island Dam at 853 meters (2,799 ft) and Tauwitchere Dam at 3.6 kilometers (2.2 miles). There were some differences of opinion among the engineers on the extent of their investigation, but when their report was presented on July 24, 1913, there was enough consensus to be able to finalize their recommendations. The engineers had concluded that what was most needed to enable the further development of irrigation was storage regulation. The year-to-year flow was so unpredictable that no comprehensive control plan was feasible, and to regulate water supply, it would be preferable to plan for the construction of dams or dams – first, to build a 1 million-foot-acre camp on the upper murray and, second, to turn Lake Victoria into a storage basin. The River Murray Waters Agreement (later amended in the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement) was ratified by law in 1915 by the Commonwealth and state governments and proclaimed on 31 January 1917 by the Commonwealth Government. These Acts specified the work to be built in accordance with the provisions of the Agreement (including the upper Murray and Lake Victoria warehouses) and established the River Murray Commission (later the Murray-Darling Basin Commission – MDBC), composed of a representative designated by each of the Contracting Governments. In 1852, Francis Cadell, in preparation for the launch of his steam service, was exploring the river in a sailboat that was sailing 1300 miles (2,100 km) downstream from Swan Hill. [12] (6) (a) (i) During a declared limitation period, before the Chowilla reservoir is declared effective for the purposes of this Agreement, the available water shall be distributed among the States Parties in the following proportions: New South Wales. .

One million, Victoria. . 1 million, South Australia.. . six hundred thousand. (ii) During a declared period of restriction, after Lake Chowilla has been declared effective for the purposes of this Agreement, the available water shall be distributed equally among the Governments of the Contracting State. (b) each of the contractual governments of the State shall have the right to use each month its monthly share of the water available from the Murray River (with the exception of its tributaries below Albury), but the quantities used by the States of New South Wales and Victoria may be changed each month by agreement between the Commissioners representing those States; if the amendment represents the share of the State of Southern Australia. . . .

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