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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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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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Green & gold springtime in the Murray River Valley

Springtime this year in the Riverland in the South Australian Murray River Valley is green and gold, with fresh green groundcover plants and shrubs across the floodplains and golden cassia bushes lining the roads. This is the strongest flowering season … Continue reading

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Where have all the flowers gone?

When trying to decide how best to apply environmental water to River Murray floodplains, knowing when the dominant eucalypts flowered sets the time when ripe seeds will fall from the trees (12 months after flowering). Therefore, watering at that time … 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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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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