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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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Diary of a Red Gum May-December 2016

The red gum in our street started 2016 with a high volume of healthy buds, but these were steadily lost in windy storms through the year. After the tree dropped its eighth branch in 12 months, in May the Council … Continue reading

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Extreme spring weather event again

What’s happening with our spring weather??? Hailstorms are normally seen in the tropical and sub-tropical zones of Australia, not in Adelaide in the temperate south. Is this a taste of the predictions for more frequent extreme weather events as a result … 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 some 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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Sharing environmental watering success!

Beautiful Banrock Station was the location for an inspiring and positive meeting this week, the Nature Foundation SA Water For Nature Exchange. A group of wetland managers, NGO staff, agency staff, researchers and landholders tried not to be distracted by the magnetic … Continue reading

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