Gold mining blamed for Murray River choking
Centuries old gold mining techniques and land clearing has been found to be choking up a key part of the Murray River.
Since the 1980s capacity at the Barmah Choke has diminished by about 20 percent.
A survey of a 28 kilometer stretch of Australia’s longest river found sand sediment has been building up at the choke, totaling more than 3 million tonnes.
Rural editor Eddie Summerfield caught up with MDBA Executive Director River Management Andrew Reynolds:
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