A million dead fish, floating on putrid green water. Images of this ecological catastrophe on the Darling River over summer shocked the nation. Was it the result of drought? Blue-green algae poisoning? Excessive summer temperatures and climate change? Too much water taken upstream for irrigation? Mismanagement by the authorities?
After several months and at least four published reports, we know the answers. It’s time to state plainly what has been going on, and who is to blame.