Trillions of litres of water released into Murray-Darling fails to help threatened species, research finds

21st May, 2021

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The Darling-Barka River. An Australian National University study suggests a major rethink is needed of the way water is released for the environment in the Murray-Darling Basin. Photograph: Jenny Evans/Getty Images


Trillions of litres of water released into the Murray-Darling Basin to benefit the environment have had “no overall beneficial effect” on the populations of threatened species, according to new research. In a damning assessment of the monitoring of eight threatened species, the research from Australian National University scientists says the public reporting of the benefits of environmental watering was fragmentary and not backed by evidence.

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