A once-mighty, once-wild river system that sweeps through four states and a territory. One of this country's most valuable natural assets -- for the environment and for agriculture.

The Murray-Darling Basin. Let down by a century of greed, politics, parochial planning and the worst excesses of a federal system which pits neighbour against neighbour. When the record-breaking drought struck earlier this century, the Murray-Darling had nothing to fight it with.