River management ‘needs reform’

WATER management in Australia’s third-longest river must be completely reformed, a leading environmental professor says, as the blame game over a mass fish death event in the Darling River intensifies.

Up to a million fish, mostly native Murray cod, golden perch and bony bream, died near Menindee this week.

The community is pointing the finger at state and federal governments for draining water from the Menindee Lakes too quickly after they were filled and ­allowing upstream irrigators to access too much water in dry years, preventing smaller flows making their way downstream.

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