Nov 27, 2012

Murray-Darling health dependent on water extraction levels

The Murray-Darling Basin is suffering from reduced water flows, and the biggest determiner of those water levels is water extraction, according to a new report. ANU's Simon Copland explains.

Four of the world’s great river systems, including the Murray-Darling Basin, are suffering significantly from reduced water flows. A new report shows that water extraction has the biggest impact on the health of a river.

One of the report’s authors, Dr Jamie Pittock, told Crikey: “While climate change will aggravate changes in flows in river systems, current high levels of water extractions remain the principal contributor to reduced flows and degradation of these rivers.”

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  1. John Bennetts

    Much appreciated background info.

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