A new report has identified six risks that may reduce the volume of water in the rivers and streams of the Murray-Darling Basin. They are: climate change, large scale tree planting, groundwater extraction, irrigation management, farm dams and bushfires.
Why is the Murray river in danger?
Water quality is generally good throughout the Basin but can be compromised by a number of threats, including high salinity, blue-green algal blooms, low dissolved oxygen levels, nutrients, bushfires and turbidity. Natural events such as droughts, floods and high temperatures can also quickly degrade water quality.
What is the current issue with the Murray-Darling river?
Many issues affect the water resources and ecosystems of the MDB including salinity, erosion, blue-green algal blooms, water quality, and invasive species. Climate change and resultant possible increases in drought pose a significant risk to the availability of surface water in the MDB.
Why are the Murray-Darling Basin wetlands in danger?
While many wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin naturally cycle between wetter and drier periods, drier periods have recently become significantly longer. The main reason for this is long-term over consumption of water for human use, particularly irrigation for agriculture.
How is the Murray-Darling river being protected?
We established the worlds first impact investing project in Australia with the Murray-Darling Basin Balance Water Fund. The purpose of this innovative fund is to provide water security for farmers, while protecting culturally significant wetlands that support threatened species and ecosystems.
Is it safe to swim in the Murray?
The Environment Department is reminding people the River Murray can be deceptively dangerous to swim in, with a range of hazards below the water. The warning comes after police yesterday recovered the body of a man who went missing in the River Murray, near Paringa, on Monday.
Are there snakes in the Murray River?
The three freshwater turtles are the eastern-snake necked turtle, the River Murray short-necked turtle and the saw-shelled turtle. The more common of the snakes living in the Basin are tiger snakes, eastern browns and red-bellied black snakes.
What animals live in the Murray-Darling river?
Native animals found in the Murray–Darling Basin include:eastern quolls (luaners)eastern grey kangaroos.red kangaroos.platypus.sugar gliders.brush tailed rock wallabies.koalas.common ringtail possums. •24 Sep 2020
Who protects the Murray river?
Murray–Darling Basin Authority The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is validating that the processes and procedures used to protect water for the environment as it moves 2000km through the rivers of northern New South Wales are fit for purpose.
Is there sharks in the Murray river?
A two-metre shark has been spotted by a member of the public in the Murray River near the South Yunderup boat ramp. The report, tweeted out by Surf Life Saving WA, says the shark was sighted 300 metres offshore at 10am on Friday, January 25. Anyone who spots a shark is urged to contact WA Water Police on 9442 8600.
How many fish have died in the Murray-Darling?
The exact number of fish deaths is unknown. Anecdotal estimates ranged from hundreds of thousands to at least three million. In considering this issue the independent panel, chaired by Professor Rob Vertessy, concluded that over a million fish may have died in the series of fish death events.
How many animals live in the Murray Darling river?
The Basin is home to: 367 bird species (35 of which are endangered), including 98 species of waterbirds. 85 mammal species (20 of which are extinct, 16 endangered) over 50 native fish species.