Crisis for the Coorong

Posted on: Sun 23 Sep 2018

Over the last 10 – 15 years, SA has been releasing water from Upper South East Drainage Scheme to help farmers with dry land salinisation on some of their productive lands.

The destination of that water is the Coorong, a hyper-marine ecologically significant site where migrating seabirds nest.

One of the requirements of this decision was that the release of the water would not change the ecological character of the Coorong.

But it has.

Sarah Martin speaks with ecologist David Paton, who has been studying the Coorong for over 40 years, to discover what damage the fresh water has done to the Coorong.

Wiki image: Hullwarren

Produced by Sarah Martin


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