Category Archives: waterways

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 treesĀ need to be 20-30 years old in order to produce seed. This time-span is … 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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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 Rivers Ambassadors supporting Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Healthy Rivers Ambassadors have been meeting recently with key politicians about the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. These meetings have been an encouraging start to establishing relationships with central players as the Basin Plan rolls toward implementation. State Minister for Water & … Continue reading

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Water, water everywhere!

Flood flows have reached the barrages and the Murray Mouth, already at 48,000 ML/d and predicted to go as high as 80,000 ML/d by December. What a difference from just four months ago, when a forecast of drought conditions led … 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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The frog effect

The first reaction of landholders to the idea of environmental watering on their properties is usually cautious reservation. However, once water starts flowing onto their land, they are won over extraordinarily quickly by the sound of frogs and the sight … Continue reading

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