Category Archives: conservation

Keep the flows coming for the Coorong

The Coorong was at its scenic best on Tuesday 8 May when I took a delegation of Indian water managers and engineers on a tour of the Lower Lakes, Murray Mouth and Coorong. The sun came out as we arrived … Continue reading

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From source to sea, a marathon journey!

British Paralympic athlete Karen Darke is hand-cycling the length of the Murray River! That’s 2,300 river km or about 1400 road km. Whilst cycling, she is making a radio program for the BBC called ‘From Source to Sea via Me’. She is looking … Continue reading

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Is the Murray-Darling Basin Plan meeting its targets?

Preparing a presentation entitled ‘Is the Basin Plan on track to deliver its environmental outcomes?’, I stopped to ask ‘what are the actual targets in the Plan?’ Answer: after asking Google and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority website, not finding any … Continue reading

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Watering Stories Blowing in the Wind

It wasn’t the best weather for filming a video on the Murray River floodplain this week, as Nature Foundation set out to tell the story of its successful environmental watering program. The light was good but the gusts of wind … Continue reading

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Remnant reminders

Small pockets of natural vegetation still persist on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, reminders of the diverse and highly adapted plant community which evolved to survive in steep gullies and coastal hillslopes exposed to salt-laden winds. The coastal … Continue reading

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Fabulous flowering season on the Murray River floodplain

December 2017 has turned out to be the best flowering season yet for river red gums and black box on the Murray River floodplain! The trees seem to have returned to the ‘normal’ pattern of summer flowering for red gums … Continue reading

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Urgent Warning: Escalating Threats to Survival of Planet

  An urgent warning of major threats to the survival of our planet has just been published in BioScience. The paper by Ripple et al. (2017) has been endorsed by 15,364 scientist signatories from 184 countries (BioScience, bix125, https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/bix125). They are … Continue reading

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