January Rains Give The Darling River A Fighting Chance
Last year the health of our River systems and water management was brought to the forefront as One Million fish died in the Menindee area of the Darling River. Climate change was blamed and discussions of water mismanagement and illegal irrigation raged on.
After two years the river is finally flowing, with January rains from Queensland travelling hundreds of kilometres to provide much-needed relief for suffering communities and ecosystems that have been ravaged by prolonged droughts.
Ecosystems are starting to recover and water allocations have been extended, but there is still a long way to go as lakes and dams are nowhere near capacity and the river is being given minimal flow to ensure water is available in future. We were joined by Professor Jamie Pittock from Australian National University to discuss what lies ahead for the Darling River system.