China believed the Murray Darling Basin Plan was about more than the environment. It wanted to know how much more.
The number of visitors to the restored wetlands is increasing each year, as is the wildlife.
Fish must be released into good quality water, with suitable habitat and lots of food. These conditions have been quite rare in Murray Darling rivers in recent years.
The findings point to how Australia's most important river system might be altered by future sea level rise.
Over the next 50 years, the arid zone – containing the areas of true desert – is projected to expand well into the Murray-Darling Basin and almost entirely envelope the Lake Eyre Basin.
There's little transparency or clarity about how much water states are allocated. This failure in communication and leadership across such a vital system must change.
Knee-jerk responses to water insecurity won't fix the basin. The harder and longer path is delivering real water reform, including transparent water planning enshrined in law.
Fish, frogs, turtles and platypus at major risk of extinction following the bushfires. So why aren't they getting much attention?
Recent rains have not eliminated the threat of a repeat of last summer's mass fish deaths.
Fire debris flowing into Murray-Darling Basin will exacerbate the risk of fish and other aquatic life dying en masse in a repeat of the shocking fish kills of last summer.
The Australian government is effectively spending A$95 million so it can sell water to farmers for A$10 million.
Buybacks by open tenders were a successful, cost-effective way of returning water to the Murray-Darling Basin. They should never have been abandoned.
The endangered Australasian bittern offers a way past the 'farmers vs environmentalist' debate in the Murray-Darling basin.
Billions of dollars have been spent on infrastructure schemes in the Murray Darlling Basin with no measurable improvement.
A federal program to help the Murray-Darling environment accidentally lowered water levels – but not as much as previous reports had feared.
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.
The Murray-Darling Basin might not survive future climate change shocks without changes to the plan.
Simply giving the Commonwealth more power won't fix the Murray-Darling Basin crisis.
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 latest Murray-Darling Basin scandal calls into question whether the government is using public money wisely.