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Buybacks by open tenders were a successful, cost-effective way of returning water to the Murray-Darling Basin. They should never have been abandoned.
Endangered species are living happily in rice fields.
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The endangered Australasian bittern offers a way past the 'farmers vs environmentalist' debate in the Murray-Darling basin.
The failure of infrastructure subsidies is no surprise to economists that have studied the problems of the Murray-Darling Basin for decades.
Billions of dollars have been spent on infrastructure schemes in the Murray Darlling Basin with no measurable improvement.
More efficient irrigation means less water can escape and make its way back into the Murray and Darling rivers.
A federal program to help the Murray-Darling environment accidentally lowered water levels – but not as much as previous reports had feared.
The Darling River near Menindee in February 2019.
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Federal environment minister Sussan Ley said the environment doesn't necessarily need all its water, whereas farmers do. But denying rivers even part of their water can harm their health in many ways.
Governments have been reluctant to work towards increased overbank flows, but the Basin needs it to boost its resilience.
The Murray-Darling Basin might not survive future climate change shocks without changes to the plan.
The Murray-Darling Basin Plan does not prioritise the environment enough.
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Simply giving the Commonwealth more power won't fix the Murray-Darling Basin crisis.
Joyce is known in general to have been a meddling minister.
The controversy over the water purchase is based on an old story; the election has enabled it to be resurrected for a powerful fresh spin around the political circuit.
The federal government committed to reducing water extraction from the Murray-Darling Basin.
The latest Murray-Darling Basin scandal calls into question whether the government is using public money wisely.
An Aboriginal flag planted on the riverbed in front of the last stagnant pools of water that are now the Darling River at Wilcannia.
For the Barkandji people, the crisis on the Barwon-Darling represents the biggest threat to their continued survival on country since the sheep invaded.
Neither of the two federal investigations into fish deaths in the Darling River include any Indigenous representation.
Sheep grazing on the Darling River bed.
A decade of bipartisan research has provided plenty of answers to the problems plaguing the Darling River.
Water-hungry crops like cotton and rice are still worth farming in Australia.
Crises in the Darling River have raised questions about cotton and rice farming in the Murray Darling Basin.
Puddles in the bed of the Darling River are a sign of an ecosystem in crisis.
Mass fish deaths are a blaring warning sign for the heath of the Murray Darling Basin, but just as worrying is the sight of dry areas in the Darling.
Going all the way back: rules for the Murray Darling Basin are in Australia’s constitution.
Public confidence in the institutions in charge of the Murray Darling Basin has plummeted – with good reason.
Dead fish are a source of food for bacteria, which then extract oxygen from the river.
Hundreds of thousands of fish have died in low-oxygen water. Here's what actually happened to the oxygen, and why we might see more deaths in the coming weeks.
An aerial photo of a 2009 algae bloom in the Murray Darling Basin.
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Algae blooms have killed hundreds of thousands of fish in the last two weeks, but what exactly are they and how do we get them under control?
Desalination is an extraordinarily expensive option.
Farmers are calling for South Australia to ramp up its desalination plant to free up more water from the Murray Darling.
The Fitzroy River in flood in 2017.
The new Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council aims to overcome a management problem faced by many traditional owners: the fact that major rivers flow through lands home to many different groups and languages.
The more the market is willing to pay, the harder it is to regulate water use.
Residents of a small Victorian town realised that delicious water can be a curse as well as a blessing, when they lost a legal battle to stop a local farmer shipping groundwater to a nearby bottling plant.