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Water bird numbers down 70% in the Murray-Darling Basin over ~30 years

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Old Monday 4th March 2019, 00:32   #51
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Angry Aqua Nullius ...... ?

Hundreds rally along Darling River calling for royal commission into Murray-Darling Basin management

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-...0866040?pfm=sm




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Angry The Senate was right on the Murray-Darling proposal. Here's why

Dr Jamie Pittock is a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and an associate professor at the Australian National University
https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...osal-heres-why

"Not even the Murray-Darling Basin Authority knows how much water is being pumped out of the river. More than two-thirds of the water used by irrigators in Queensland is unmetered, and more than a third of water use is unmetered in NSW."

According to the video in the article, there are 240 dams in the system that hold 30,000 GL (Billions of Litres of water), and yet the MDBA (pushed by irrigators) sought to reduce water returned to the environment by a further 70 GL, despite the originally recommended levels not being achieved. Is there no end to the greed of the corporste irrigating sector ?!

"Further, the authority’s proposal included allowing a massive increase of 160 billion litres per year of groundwater to be taken from the poorly-studied aquifers across the region.

The Wentworth Group has had serious concerns about the assumptions used to try and justify the proposal."


"the NSW government has not reversed regulations that it adopted in 2012 which allow irrigators to extract water when the Darling and tributary rivers have low flows.

This is made possible by regulations to allow irrigators to accumulate unused water allocations from year to year, extract up to 300% of water under some water licences, and remove limits on pumping capacity."


$13 Billion of taxpayers money, a flawed governance regime, and a near dead river systems basin to show for it !!






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Exclamation Murray-Darling water flows worsen despite $8.5 billion cash splash, analysis finds

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"A distinguished alliance of scientists says water flows in the Murray Darling river system have failed to improve under a $13 billion rescue plan and in some cases have become worse, in startling findings that indicate the controversial policy is floundering.

The analysis adds to a chorus of authoritative voices calling for the troubled Murray-Darling Basin Plan to be radically overhauled, including a (State) Royal Commission that last month accused federal officials of maladministration and gross negligence when managing Australia's largest river system."






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Exclamation Cash Splash - Four Corners, ABC TV Australia, 8:30pm Monday night 8th July

New exposay' coming tomorrow night .....

"Cash Splash" - Four Corners, ABC TV Australia, 8:30pm Monday night 8th July, ...... a little bit over 24hrs from now.

More on the whole Environmental and Tax-Payer funded $13 Billion disaster that is the Murray-Darling basin ..... more must see viewing. Summary here:
https://www.abc.net.au/4corners/cash-splash/11275810



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Exclamation "Cash Splash" - Four Corners ABC TV, Australia 8:30pm Monday night, 8th July

On in a bit over 3 hours .......

"Others worry that the scheme is encouraging the planting of crops even thirstier than cotton, creating a potential time bomb.

"There's been an explosion in the production of nuts in the Murrumbidgee, and more broadly in the Murray-Darling Basin...This may well be a time bomb." Former water official"


Four Corners investigates how the scheme is being regulated and whether water users and the authorities responsible are being properly held to account.

"We're talking about billions of dollars in taxpayers' money on a scheme that many, many capable and reliable scientists have said, this isn't going to work." Lawyer"





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Angry From Bad to Worse .....

Jeez, I just watched the Four Corners program.

Vast swathes of taxpayer money going to a few big businesses.

Worse than that, much worse - is that the very systems designed to fix the environment have actually made it worse - much worse .....

Infrastructure that captures overland flows will further degrade the natural flooding and soil formation processes, and has led to even more inappropriate crops (water intensive nut trees). I was dismayed to see fallow fields being deeply tilled - all that carbon just evaporating straight up into the sky.

I am reminded of this earlier post:
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Water being subject to gravity, One of the gross failures of logic that is now being more widely understood, is that gains from irrigation and water use efficiences, result in corresponding losses by reduced return (leakage) back to the environment. This useless loop coming at great financial cost to the taxpayer!

Here is a quote from one of the plethora of who's who water economists that brought quite the smile to my face:
''The government's claim that it is creating 'new' water is spurious in the extreme. When water is purportedly 'lost' in the irrigation district, it does not go to Mars. It is not lost at all, it has just gone somewhere else.''
http://www.stockandland.com.au/story...-plan-savaged/
Unfortunately at this stage, I cannot tell Ed that we are not in some Dune like novel .......
The only Silver Lining is that in the eternity of the Dreaming, this is just the blink of an eye ......

Surely now these revelations warrant a full Federal Royal Commission !




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Exclamation Rubbery figures !

Independent Water Scientists have calculated only about 1/10th of claimed Government extra water is being returned to the environment AND at 10x the cost !!
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/...zNfHnyl244dcyY

*** NB: the article link is only able to be read in full once per month without subscription. If someone could make a Pdf and attach here for fair use educational purposes that would be great


This just beggars belief ...... so far Greens Senator Sarah Hanson Young has called for a Federal Royal Commission, but the incumbent Government with numbers on their side is hardly backing them up ......






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Angry Darling recovery in peril

https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/...tnpGAZ3N1NswiI

*** Again - you only get one crack to read this - if someone could make a fair use educational pdf of the article that would be great.

"WILLIAMS AND GRAFTON CRITICISE WHAT THEY CALL “A DEARTH OF PUBLICLY AVAILABLE INFORMATION” ABOUT THE WATER IN THE MURRAY–DARLING. THEIR CONCERN REFLECTS AN INTERGENERATIONAL FAILURE IN THE QUEST FOR A SUCCESSFUL MANAGEMENT PLAN."

The scientists parry, the politicians deflect. I will post this video from the farmer who sent the massive millions fish kill viral. Use your own eyes to judge .....
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...cus_composer=0

Interviewed by a couple of fishermen bemoaning the lack of recreational opportunity. It saddens me to think that even this is regarded as "woke" deep thinking in this country ...... meanwhile the Barkinji people are undergoing cultural genocide ......
https://www.google.com/amp/s/theconv...ng-river-57884

2019 Darling River Update:
https://theconversation.com/the-darl...P_UoYZnCxC3-tQ






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Old Monday 22nd July 2019, 12:51   #59
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Not on the same scale as the Darling but abstraction is causing the small local streams/rivers close to my home in SE Kent to dry up...…….
sad sight to see fields with little stone bridges over a dried up overgrown ditch that not many years ago held a thriving population of small fish/crayfish/voles and Kingfishers. All gone now.

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Not on the same scale as the Darling but abstraction is causing the small local streams/rivers close to my home in SE Kent to dry up...…….
sad sight to see fields with little stone bridges over a dried up overgrown ditch that not many years ago held a thriving population of small fish/crayfish/voles and Kingfishers. All gone now.

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It's a very 'empire' an masculine engineering thing to do to control nature and bend it to man's will. The trouble is modern man hasn't observed the world long enough, or deeply enough, or connectedly enough to understand how it all works.

Hopefully your little band of critters might put in an appearance during the next flood event, and hopefully all the engineering earthworks /over extraction, can be undone to let the land naturally flood, go through it's cycles, and build soil and life ..... :)

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Lightbulb Why a Wetland might Not be Wet

https://theconversation.com/why-a-we...-be-wet-103687

Reminds me of one of the best bird sightings I have ever seen - a Brolga that pulled up once in 10 years in a little flooded ephemeral wetland the size of your lounge room, maybe a foot or so deep after record rains ..... hundreds of km's from recognized wetlands, though the old people tell me there were many in the area during suitable seasons /events, before draining, drying, and over grazing became common place.







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Exclamation Barwon-Darling river ecosystem on path to collapse, review warns

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"NSW Natural Resources Commission says plan for the Barwon-Darling needs urgent overhaul to save ecosystem ‘in crisis’ "
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"The Murray-Darling river system managed by NSW – the Barwon-Darling – is “an ecosystem in crisis” which is on a path to collapse and urgent reforms are needed to save it, a review has warned.

The NSW Natural Resources Commission was asked to bring forward a statutory review of the Barwon-Darling by the previous minister Niall Blair, after ABC’s Four Corners aired allegations in 2017 of widespread water theft and another independent report raised serious doubts about the river’s management.

Since then there have been several mass fish deaths downstream at Menindee with two reviews identifying over-extraction by the cotton industry as the main cause.

Now the commission, a government body charged with managing the state’s resources, has warned the key plan for the Barwon-Darling is to blame and needs an urgent overhaul.

The Barwon-Darling water sharing plan covers the stretch of the river system running from the NSW-Queensland border through the main cotton growing areas around Walgett, Brewarrina and Bourke, and includes the stretch of the Darling down to Wilcannia. Menindee is further downstream in the Lower Darling, but is highly dependent on what happens upstream.

The Barwon-Darling plan has long been the target of environmental groups’ concerns because a lack of metering, and because it allowed irrigators to extract water during low-flow events at the expense of the environment.

The Natural Resources Commission agrees.

“There is an urgent need to remake the plan so the current trend of a river system heading towards collapse is reset and the river and its dependent species, communities and industries are put on a path towards long term health and resilience” said the commissioner, John Keniry.

The commission argued that an intense drought, significant volumes of upstream water extractions, an apparent climate shift and the rules within the plan have all contributed to insufficient ecological, social and cultural outcomes in the Barwon-Darling.

While the commission said there had been significant reform since 2017, it said steps to improve water management “needed to be accelerated and further extended”.

In particular, the commission identified that the plan failed to set specific ecological targets; that cease-to-pump rules were based on incomplete ecological data; and that the rules allowed increased volume and rate of extractions of water in low flows, which meant water often didn’t reach the lower reaches of the river.

“These provisions benefit the economic interests of a few upstream users over the ecological and social needs of the many,” the report said.

“There is clear evidence to indicate that the plan rules are resulting in more frequent and longer cease-to-flow periods.”


The report includes a detailed analysis of the periods where the river has ceased to flow – in 2013 it did not flow for 80 days – and concludes these are happening more often.

It calls on the government to factor in the uncertainties of climate change in the new plan.

The NSW Nature Conservation Council described the report as “a scathing report which places the blame for the ecological catastrophe we have seen unfold in the Darling squarely at the feet of the NSW government for allowing over-extraction by upstream irrigators.”

“The NSW government have failed to act in the interests of the communities and ecosystems that rely on a healthy river system and have instead created rules which allow irrigators to suck the river dry in times of drought,” CEO Kate Smolski said.

“The report also highlights the devastating effect that climate change will have on water availability in the catchment. It is clear that a comprehensive review of climate change impacts on water availability across the entire Murray-Darling Basin is needed.”

She called on the government to act swiftly to implement all the recommendations.

Comment has been sought from Cotton Australia.

The report was also very critical of the government’s failure to allocate water in line with Native Title. Indigenous communities along the Darling, which they call the Barka, have been calling for proper recognition of the cultural importance of the river through rights to water.

The commission said there had been progress made in the draft of the new plan for the Barwon-Darling, which is due to be lodged with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority soon. But it described this as a “ first step” and said many more changes were needed to protect low flows.

It wants the rule which allows irrigators to take water when flows are “imminent” scrapped.

It also says there needs to be specific allocations to Indigenous communities.

“The health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people is strongly connected to the health of the river. Aboriginal community members repeatedly told the commission that the lack of flows since 2012 has resulted in poor water quality, an inability to swim or fish, damage to culturally significant places, lack of social cohesion and a decline in cultural practices.”


The commission has urged the NSW government to take a broader economic view when devising the new plan beyond the interests of irrigators.

“Its [the current plan’s] narrow focus on extractive uses such as irrigation ignores the potential costs and benefits to other local industries.”

“For example, stakeholders are concerned that the local pastoral, tourism and recreation industries are being impacted by poor water quality and water shortages. There are also costs borne by consumers and ratepayers associated with additional treatment or maintenance requirements from poor quality water, or the need to shift to alternative water sources such as tankered or bottled water.” "







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Exclamation "This river's in big trouble. We need your help desperately."

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....... and that river, that life is in crisis.
This is the face of the human cost ........

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Exclamation Saving the Rivers from Corporates: Interview with Water Activist Bruce Shillingsworth

https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.co...iikAY-SUCktyBY

"It’s the over pumping of the water: the irrigation. The big irrigators are taking a lot of the water out of the river. And not letting the river run freely. As quick as the flood comes down and the rivers fill up, the quicker they pump it out.....

The government needs to make some proper policies. We’ve got to stop these big irrigators. We’ve got to put limits on how much water they’re allowed to pump. We’ve got to make sure there’s water there for our communities. And make sure small farmers get a portion of that.

We need to look at the sharing of the water source. Not any particular group, but the big corporates are claiming our water systems. That’s what we’ve got to stop.


... it’s the Aboriginal communities that live along the western NSW rivers that are facing the worst of the local crisis. The traditional custodians have preserved the river system for tens of thousands of years. And they’re most aware that what’s happening now is an anomaly....

It is an emergency. I took my mother there just after the Christmas break. She’s 90 something. And she walked the river. She said that she’d never seen the river in that state in her lifetime. She lived on the river. She camped on the river.

It’s not just affecting First Nations people. It affects non-Indigenous people. But, First Nations peoples are getting the brunt of this, because 60 percent of our NSW population lives upon the river system – lives along the Murray-Darling. They spend most of their lives there.

They rely on that water. They rely on that river as a food source. A lot of the sacred sites are along the river. A lot of stories and knowledge that Aboriginal people have relates to the water...."








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Angry Another Layer of Bureaucracy - Just Add Water

More smoke and mirrors from the Australian Government .....
https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-...66?pfmredir=sm
"Murray-Darling Basin Inspector-General to oversee water efficiency, compliance and allegations of theft"

Yes - bit who will be the Minister for Common Sense ? ...... the one that says - don't take more water out of the Basin than the environment can spare leaving enough functioning buffer to get us through the even harshest and most prolonged of droughts .......





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Angry Platypus struggle to survive, with huge national decline over last 200 years,

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"Declines in Australia's platypus population have likely been underestimated, and may have halved since Europeans arrived, University of NSW scientists say.

Professor Richard Kingsford and his team from UNSW have been studying the platypus for the past four years.

"The figures are essentially telling us that there's been this huge decline in platypus numbers over the last 100 to 200 years and we're not really dealing with that," Professor Kingsford says.

The animal has disappeared from large areas, including the Murray-Darling Basin — with no official observations in the last 10 years in half of the catchments of the basin."










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Angry River Bled Dry

This video post from the Brewarrina Mayor late last year .... and it's been dry since then ......
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...cus_composer=0

This really is a policy and management failure. The environment is placing dead last in this. Literally.

With a dry summer predicted it's last rites ....




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Exclamation "to change where we're at, I believe, is just an exercise in common sense"

Title quote by Peter Andrews OAM, founder of Natural Sequence Farming, who goes on to say:
... "that what's happening and what the government's are doing is fundamentally illegal against the Constitution" ...

Compare the current disastrous state of the Murray Darling Basin and the desertification that is being created by man - to the lush vegetation as shown in this video of a natural system, restored to how it would have been for thousands and thousands of years before European agricultural practices were forced on the land.
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Ministers allegedly linked to Basin fraud ....
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