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Modelling future flows for managing the Basin’s water | Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Modelling future flows for managing the Basin’s water | Murray-Darling Basin Authority | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it

22 January 2016 Considerable time and effort goes into planning water management in the Basin and, while no‑one can predict the future, we can apply expert knowledge and undertake ‘what-if’ scenarios to develop and implement more robust water...

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Modelling, though often criticised and disturbingly big picture in orientation, is increasingly accurate in its attempts to accommodate the nuances, variation, factors and needs of specific places within the MDB. The difficulty is that rainfall is highly localised and highly variable. What works in some years wont work in others. The reality is that in an attempt to meet the needs from mountains to the sea our rivers are regulated. In order to get this regulation right, dam releases and transfers form 1000's of kilometres upstream need to be calibrated and the task is so complex that only a mathematical model can achieve it. Local insight can only help. Seeing models as the enemy won't. They are here to stay, whether we like it or not.

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Murray cod flourish

Murray cod flourish | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
Numbers of fish are growing after depletion.
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Outback phenomenon as flooding rains bring scores of fish to life - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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As drought looms, the Murray-Darling is in much healthier shape – just don't get complacent

As drought looms, the Murray-Darling is in much healthier shape – just don't get complacent | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
As El Nino looms, the Murray-Darling is facing another drought. But after almost a decade of investment in water trading and other policies, its prospects are better this time around.
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As dam levels fall, the ability of the MDBA to deliver water to all stakeholders will be sorely tested in the coming year, However, without the systematic, holistic view that the basin plan provides, the situation would be much worse.
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Environmental water flows in to revive wetlands near Wentworth - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Environmental water flows in to revive wetlands near Wentworth - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
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Indigenous and other community partnerships are key to the success of these initiatives. It's never just about the water. It's always about the people that live there.
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Green Murray meets brown Goulburn. St.... - Murray River Paddle | Facebook

Green Murray meets brown Goulburn. St. Jo's Outdoor Ed students witness amazing convergence of clean Goulburn and blue green algae affected Murray.

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Peter Phillips's curator insight, March 18, 2016 6:30 AM
Green Murray meets brown Goulburn. St. Jo's Outdoor Ed students witness amazing convergence of clean Goulburn and blue green algae affected Murray. 

Living on the River at Echuca we have had blue green algae for 4 weeks, been getting used to it, and almost begun seeing it as normal. It takes an event like visiting the junction with the Goulburn (which is still free of blue green algae) to see that it is still a long way from healthy. 

Hopefully today's wild and windy weather will help knock this outbreak, the longest I remember, on its head.
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Free Flow – the MDBA blog » Fishing for answers in the North

Free Flow – the MDBA blog » Fishing for answers in the North | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
Free Flow is the Murray-Darling Basin Authority's blog, featuring the latest news, information and stories from around the Basin.
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A team has mapped the river bed for a large section of the Barwon and upper Darling to better understand fish habitat.
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Urban platypus populations recovering in Melbourne's north west

Urban platypus populations recovering in Melbourne's north west | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
Platypus populations in Melbourne's urban areas are showing signs of recovery.
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I wonder if the same can be said for the MDB?

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Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 6: Maneroo Rd to Emily Rd.

Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 6: Maneroo Rd to Emily Rd. | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it

I awoke to the sound of bird song so rich and varied that it was if I was in a tropical rainforest. Witnessing such diversity is pure joy. Despite knowing my birds pretty well, I couldn't name them all: suffice to say that there was big and small and everything in between. I felt that this was what Noah's Ark must have sounded like and became aware of a common bond (greater than race, politics, or country) with anyone else who has ever camped in the bush and loved it.

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Cuttings are young river beds. They are places where the river has found and established a short cut. They are rarely as straight as this one, but can save kilometres from the days' paddle. They are also interesting to follow. You never know quite what you will find. Occasionally, they are narrow and fast flowing, which makes a nice change from the broad, slow main channel. However they can also be shallow, snaggy, or blocked by tree trunks that stretch from side to side. Together with old river beds, they help drain flood waters resulting from summer and winter storms. And deliver fresh water to isolated billabongs and wetlands, maintaining a healthy diversity throughout the flood plain.

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Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 4 Lake Nagambie - Old Toolamba.

Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 4 Lake Nagambie - Old Toolamba. | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it

Reflections on Lake Nagambie, Goulburn Weir portage and the legendary secretive wilderness of the Lower Goulburn. Historical and environmental insights. Even a link to Josephine Bonaparte... find out more...

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Experience one of the most important rivers in terms of its contribution to flow in the Murray Darling Basin. The Goulburn provides water for farms, towns and cities throughout Northern Victoria, but also, via a network of channels, it secures the water supplies of Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo. Today's journey describes the change in the river from its upper (montane) to lower (riverine) reaches of the Goulburn. From snaking within its hilly valley, its stretches out onto the riverine plain: the differences are striking.

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Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 2: Molesworth - Trawool.

Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 2: Molesworth - Trawool. | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it

Experience an entire river valley through the eyes of a kayaker: mountain to Murray: environment, history and beautiful pictures.

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The blog for second day of my Goulburn River Paddle is now finished, describing the river from Molesworth to Trawool. in addition, learn about the Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail, the North South Pipeline, platypus, the Brave Goose Vineyard and how to be safe in a thunderstorm.

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Droughts, floods and riverine biota: natural disturbance or environmental catastrophe?

Droughts, floods and riverine biota: natural disturbance or environmental catastrophe? | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
We humans often think that the whole world revolves around us, and that if something affects our lives, it must be important. Droughts and floods are examples of natural events and processes that o...
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Came across this excellent reflection on how the biodiversity of our inland waterways evolved to depend on cycles of drought and flood.

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Came across this excellent reflection on how the biodiversity of our inland waterways evolved to depend on cycles of drought and flood.

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Rakali poster

Rakali poster | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
Water rats or as they should be called 'rakali', are a native animals and sometimes seen at the edge of lakes or near a river. They are identified by the white tip to their tail and the beautiful golden belly fur.
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Who will be River Murray’s biggest mover? | Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Who will be River Murray’s biggest mover? | Murray-Darling Basin Authority | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
In a nation obsessed with sport, there’s been paleo, there’s been the fit bit and now there’s the PIT tag. We’re currently monitoring around 20,000 fish in the River Murray using Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tag readers.
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Fish migration in the Murray - what do you know about it?
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ABC OPEN: Creek chasing in the outback

ABC OPEN: Creek chasing in the outback | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
When rain falls in areas that we describe as the Outback, it is a magical experience that is so hard to describe when the dry creeks fill.
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Stopping a torrent of tilapia in the Murray-Darling Basin | Finterest – Native Fish Strategy

Stopping a torrent of tilapia in the Murray-Darling Basin | Finterest – Native Fish Strategy | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
Whilst it appears that the solution to carp may be on the horizon, the next exotic species to stress Murray river ecosystems is on the door step.
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Environmental water flows in to revive wetlands near Wentworth - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Environmental water flows in to revive wetlands near Wentworth - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
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Free Flow – the MDBA blog » Changes in mid-Murray weir pool levels from August

Free Flow – the MDBA blog » Changes in mid-Murray weir pool levels from August | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
Free Flow is the Murray-Darling Basin Authority's blog, featuring the latest news, information and stories from around the Basin.
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Experiment mimics natural flows in Murray River.
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$65 million for River Murray irrigation projects

$65 million for River Murray irrigation projects | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce MP. Mo r e than $65 million will be shared by 61 South Australian irrigation and industry projects to improve farm productivity and return water to the River Murray.
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Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 5: Old Toolamba - Maneroo Rd bush camp.

Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 5: Old Toolamba - Maneroo Rd bush camp. | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it

In today's blog I continue to follow the Goulburn in my kayak as it passes from the small village like towns of Murchison and Toolamba through the rural cities of Shepparton and Mooroopna. I present a uniquely, river based view of the history and environment of those places. Leaving the urban environment, I paddle into the Lower Goulburn National Park, said to have some of the most intact river red gum forest and natural grass and shrub understories in the Murray Darling Basin. Despite the proximity of these towns, travelling down the Goulburn continues to be an exercise in solitude, with kingfishers my constant companions.

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The fifth day of my paddle down the Goulburn from Eildon to Echuca. The river now has taken on the slow meandering characteristic of other Murray Darling Basin rivers. I saw very few people. Paddling down the Goulburn is a kind of wilderness experience, despite being embedded in a developed environment.

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Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 3: Trawool - Nagambie.

Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 3: Trawool - Nagambie. | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it

A journal of canoe expeditions along the rivers of Australia's Murray Darling Basin using photographs, stories and information to highlight the beauty, challenges and history of these rivers and the communities they flow through.

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Day 3 Goulburn River Paddle: read about how granite from the hills was used to build Flinders Street Station, stories from explorers Hume, Hovell and Mitchell and two of Victoria's finest wineries.

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Day 3 Goulburn River Paddle: read about how granite from the hills was used to build Flinders Street Station, stories from explorers Hume, Hovell and Mitchell and two of Victoria's finest wineries.

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Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 1. Eildon - Molesworth.

Murray River Kayak.: Goulburn River Paddle Day 1. Eildon - Molesworth. | Murray darling basin | Scoop.it

Experience an entire river valley through the eyes of a kayaker: mountain to Murray: environment, history and beautiful pictures.

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I have just completed a 460 km paddle on the Goulburn River from Eildon to Echuca, from the mountains to the Murray. The Goulburn is a magical river. A true kayaker's river and a hidden gem. Paddling along it is a wilderness experience, right in the heart of Victoria. I saw very few people either on the banks, or on the river, for the entire journey. This page is the first comprehensive entry. It covers day 1 of a total of 7. It introduces the river in the context of an adventure. Through this blog, I hope to share the wonder through personal reflection, insights into the environment and history of areas I paddle through - all supported by beautiful photographs. For a quick overview and daily entries, see https://www.facebook.com/MurrayRiverPaddleEchucaToTheSea. If you like it, let me know. 

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Peter Phillips's curator insight, January 19, 2015 4:23 AM

I have just completed a 460 km paddle on the Goulburn River from Eildon to Echuca, from the mountains to the Murray. The Goulburn is a magical river. A true kayaker's river and a hidden gem. Paddling along it is a wilderness experience, right in the heart of Victoria. I saw very few people either on the banks, or on the river, for the entire journey. This page is the first comprehensive entry. It covers day 1 of a total of 7. It introduces the river in the context of an adventure. Through this blog, I hope to share the wonder through personal reflection, insights into the environment and history of areas I paddle through - all supported by beautiful photographs. For a quick overview and daily entries, see https://www.facebook.com/MurrayRiverPaddleEchucaToTheSea. If you like it, let me know. 

Peter Phillips's curator insight, January 19, 2015 4:24 AM

I have just completed a 460 km paddle on the Goulburn River from Eildon to Echuca, from the mountains to the Murray. The Goulburn is a magical river. A true kayaker's river and a hidden gem. Paddling along it is a wilderness experience, right in the heart of Victoria. I saw very few people either on the banks, or on the river, for the entire journey. This page is the first comprehensive entry. It covers day 1 of a total of 7. It introduces the river in the context of an adventure. Through this blog, I hope to share the wonder through personal reflection, insights into the environment and history of areas I paddle through - all supported by beautiful photographs. For a quick overview and daily entries, see https://www.facebook.com/MurrayRiverPaddleEchucaToTheSea. If you like it, let me know.