Category Archives: Murray-Darling Basin

Making the case for environmental water

I took ABC journalist Tom Iggulden out into the field at Ramco Lagoon near Waikerie to demonstrate the process of returning water to the environment in the Murray Valley. Tom reported this story on AM on Friday, June 30, 2017 08:19:00 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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Water Reform in Australia has stopped!

‘Water reform in Australia has stopped!’ Not my words, but those of Prof John Williams, founding member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, opening his keynote dinner address at the recent Goyder Institute Water Forum. He got the attention … Continue reading

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The black box sapling that didn’t get the email!

For the drought-tolerant, salt-tolerant species black box (Eucalyptus largiflorens), normally found at higher elevations and outer edges of Murray-Darling floodplains, the accepted wisdom is that young trees need to be 20-30 years old in order to produce seed. This time-span is … 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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New life on Murray floodplains

Six weeks on from the recent flood in the South Australian Murray Valley, floodplains and wetlands are in the best condition seen since the floods of 1990-93. The dominant response is vibrant, vigorous growth of groundcovers, shrubs and trees. A … 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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