A must-read opinion piece on failures in river restoration by Graham Harris

Graham Harris, former Chief of CSIRO Land and Water, and one of Australia’s most insightful and honest freshwater scientists, has written a ripper of a piece in The Conversation, on the wholesale failure of countries to be successful in river restoration and the myopia inherent in many bodies tasked with improving river condition.  I don’t normally include opinion pieces in this blog, but his article goes beyond opinion, and provides a sobering lesson in how fraught species conservation, predictive models and the current ways that we do things are as they relate to rivers in particular.  He argues that we need: “new thinking, eco-innovation, better evidence, and to keep our eye on the ecological prize – like a flourishing Murray-Darling – instead of forever indulging in sterile debates over who gets how much water and who doesn’t”.  I couldn’t agree more.

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