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An Aboriginal flag planted on the riverbed in front of the last stagnant pools of water that are now the Darling River at Wilcannia. John Janson-Moore

Friday essay: death on the Darling, colonialism’s final encounter with the Barkandji

For the Barkandji people, the crisis on the Barwon-Darling represents the biggest threat to their continued survival on country since the sheep invaded.
Dead fish are a source of food for bacteria, which then extract oxygen from the river. AAP

How is oxygen ‘sucked out’ of our waterways?

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.
The more the market is willing to pay, the harder it is to regulate water use. Shutterstock.com

What happens to small towns whose water becomes big business for bottled brands?

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.

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