Victoria's dying rivers I by jeroenvanveen

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The Wimmera near Jeparit. Salt levels in this stretch of the Wimmers in Western Victoria are 3 times that of seawater. Land clearing has brought up the groundwater table and with it large quantities of ancient salt deposits. A lack of river flows in the last 13 years means the river hasn’t had the opportunity to flush the salt out. As with all Victorian inland rivers water allocations to irrigators and towns have outstripped river flows so nothing is left for life downstream. The salt has killed all the River Red Gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) on the adjacent riperian areas and most of the invertebrate life forms in the stream.

Comments

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersabout 5 years ago

    Truly tragic stuff… you’d think in this day and age we would know better.

  • rosson1
    rosson1almost 5 years ago

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyalmost 5 years ago

    Aloha, that’s a bit of heartbreaking news, good Lord.

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