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The Stream, November 22: Murray-Darling River Should Get Less Water, Basin Authority Says

The Global Rundown The agency responsible for managing Australia’s Murray-Darling River Basin recommended that the government reduce the amount of water it buys from farmers to aid the environment. Bolivia’s federal government declared a state of emergency amid the worst drought in a quarter-century. Police in North Dakota used water cannons, rubber bullets, and tear […]


The Stream, March 21: Heatwaves Fuel Toxic Algae Outbreak In Murray River

The Global Rundown Blooms of toxic algae are spreading for hundreds of kilometers along Australia’s Murray River amid abnormally high temperatures. Hundreds of communities in Thailand face water shortages due to drought, while Gaza contends with declining and polluted groundwater. Environmental regulators in China are investigating extremely low fines levied against polluting companies, and regulators […]


The Stream, June 2: Australian Government Changes Priorities in Murray-Darling River Basin Restoration

Australia’s conservative coalition government will cut by 13 percent the amount of water it purchases from farmers, water that will be used to restore flows in the country’s most important watershed, The Australian reports. Instead, the government will spend $2.3 billion on water-efficient infrastructure projects, in hopes of saving an equivalent amount of water. Concerns […]


The Stream, January 20: Australia’s Government Sells Off Murray-Darling Water

For the first time since 2008, Australia’s government will sell some of its water allocations in the Murray-Darling Basin, making as much as 10 gigaliters available to irrigators, the Guardian reported. The decision has been applauded by drought-hit farmers, but members of the Greens political party worry that the sell-off could damage communities and environments […]


The Stream, December 11: Australia’s Government Removes Murray-Darling From Threatened Ecosystem List

Australia’s federal environment minister will no longer need to evaluate the ecological implications of large development projects for the Murray-Darling River’s floodplains, wetlands and groundwater, the Guardian reported. The federal government’s lower house voted to remove the ecosystem from a list of threatened environments, a status that some members said created unnecessary red tape. Dams […]


The Stream, September 10: Australia Debates Murray-Darling Water Buy-back Funding

Water Politics Australia’s Coalition party has revealed a controversial plan to cut $650 million from a government buyback program that purchases water to return to the Murray-Darling River for environmental flows, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. The party says the plan will slow the pace of buybacks, but will still deliver all of the water […]