Category Archives: ecosystem services

Water flowing down the River Murray to South Australia is not wasted!

There is a convenient view by upstream communities and their political representatives that River Murray water flowing to South Australia just evaporates and is wasted. All communities should have a fair share of the limited water available, with enough left … Continue reading

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Stand up and support delivery of the Murray-Darling Basin

The Healthy Rivers Roadshow has just completed 11 community meetings across the Murray-Darling Basin, from Dubbo and Broken Hill to Goolwa, Meningie and Adelaide. People with a range of interests and backgrounds came together to hear about theĀ state of the … Continue reading

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Where has the $10 billion gone to save the Murray-Darling Basin?

In 2006, Prime Minister John Howard and Water Minister Malcolm Turnbull put $10B on the table to fix the water problems in the Murray-Darling Basin. This included $6B for improved efficiency of water delivery (closing open channels, etc), $3B for … Continue reading

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a thriving River Murray wetland

Happiness is a wetland drying down after a flood and providing habitat and food for more than 3000 waterbirds! Spotlit in the late afternoon light, stilts, avocets, ducks, spoonbills and herons quietly forage for their favourite foods. The numbers are … Continue reading

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After the Flood . . .

The health of the River Murray valley in South Australia is showing dramatic improvement following a very useful seasonal flood in spring-summer 2016. The flow event peaked at 94,865 ML/d at the South Australian border on 30 November 2016 and … Continue reading

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River Murray floodplains are flooding!

The current flood is a major gift from Nature to the South Australian River Murray valley, boosting continued recovery from massive damage in the Millennium drought and bringing boom times back to ecosystems. The rich toffee-coloured water is clear water … Continue reading

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Healthy flood flows for River Murray

Another day at the office! On Friday I travelled 3 hours to Loxton in the South Australian Riverland, to reach someĀ of my environmental watering monitoring sites by boat. In September, they were inaccessible by vehicle due to heavy local rains, … Continue reading

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