China believed the Murray Darling Basin Plan was about more than the environment. It wanted to know how much more.
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.
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.
Mass fish deaths in the Darling River highlight the issue of climate risk.
A scathing report about the Murray Darling Basin Authority highlights the importance of climate change risks to public sector companies.
Neither of the two federal investigations into fish deaths in the Darling River include any Indigenous representation.
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.
Traditional owners on the Wimmera River, western Victoria, conducting Aboriginal waterways assessment.
Indigenous water rights have been overlooked for a very long time. A bipartisan agreement on the Murray Darling Basin Plan may change that.
The Murrumbidgee River is one of several sites in the Murray-Darling Basin where improvements are being detected.
The Murray-Darling Basin Plan has been politically fraught and mired in scandal. But environmental monitoring suggests that the health of the rivers is indeed improving – even if it will take decades.
Premier Jay Weatherill talks to the media about the Murray-Darling Basin rescue plan in Renmark in the Riverland of South Australia.
SA Premier Jay Weatherill has announced a Royal Commission into breaches of the Murray Darling Basin agreement. But will it solve the long running problems with river management?
Under the proposal, irrigators would have to submit a statement that tallies with aerial images of their water use.
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Allegations of water theft have thrown the Murray-Darling Basin Plan into crisis. The solution could involve users declaring their annual water use, subject to random audits - like a tax return.
Irrigation pumps along the Barwon River in New South Wales.
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The system that allocates water use in Australia's largest river basin relies on a shared commitment by states to uphold the rules. New allegations of water theft threaten to break that trust.
The Murray-Darling Basin is an incredibly complex ecological system.
A recent report argues more water is needed to resurrect the Murray-Darling Basin. But simply increasing river flow alone could actually harm the Basin.
The Murray-Darling is a complex freshwater ecosystem.
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Tempers have flared once again over the long-term plan to return water to the Murray-Darling River and improve its health.
Fixing water pollution on the Great Barrier Reef will take a huge effort.
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Efforts to combat water pollution on the Great Barrier Reef aren't working, according to a new government report.
Northern rivers could increase Australia’s irrigated land by 50%. But we need to think about the environmental impacts.
It's full steam ahead for bringing vast increases in farming to northern Australia. In fact, probably too fast to adequately consider the environmental impacts.
The Murray River in 2007, at the height of the drought. Hopefully it will be more resilient next time around.
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As El Nino looms, the Murray-Darling is facing another drought. But after almost a decade of investment in water trading and other policies, its prospects are better this time around.
The Murray-Darling: a complex river system with a complex set of regulations to match.
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Water isn't straightforward. And by putting the Nationals in charge of policy for water assets like the Murray-Darling Basin, the government will trigger a complex round of bureaucratic musical chairs.
Spending on water-saving infrastructure could expose Murray-Darling farmers to debt and drought.
The federal government’s approach for the Murray-Darling Basin Plan has shifted again, and now favours water-saving infrastructure over purchasing water rights. But is it the right move? The new scheme…
Carp have spread throughout Australia’s waterways - but CSIRO is hoping to bring a new genetic weapon to bear on them.
A genetic modification that creates male-only populations could give us a new weapon against invasive fish such as carp that plague our waterways. “Daughterless technology”, which works by removing females…
Water management in the Murray-Darling may be inadvertently helping the common carp at the expense of native fish.
Wetlands and rivers need water – not least in the case of Australia’s biggest river system, the Murray-Darling Basin, which has been the target of an “environmental watering” plan designed to preserve…