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Published: 29 March 2021   •   Media release

Water quality will be in the spotlight in the next webinar hosted by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority.

The MDBA's new webinar series launched earlier this year is a window into the world of water management.

The next webinar on Tuesday 20 April (10:00–11:30am AEST) called Water Quality in the Basin will explore a range of issues including blue-green algae, blackwater, salinity and the effect of bushfires on water quality. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

Acting Chief Executive, Andrew Reynolds said water quality is important for all of us, no matter where we live.  

"Good quality water is important to all of us from the top of the river system to the mouth –  for drinking, growing food and fibre, recreation, cultural practices, tourism and a healthy environment," Andrew Reynolds said.

"We have seen spikes in water quality issues in parts of the Basin due to drought and bushfires in recent times. 

"Managing water quality at the Basin-scale requires ongoing collaboration and vigilance. That's how governments and communities have controlled salinity in the Murray for more than 30 years, and how we have been managing the threats posed by blackwater, bushfire-affected catchments and blue-green algae. The challenge of climate change may compound these pressures."

Participants are encouraged to submit questions before the webinar via the MDBA website. The MDBA panel of presenters will aim to address as many questions as possible during the webinar.

The first webinar in the series Capacity issues in the River Murray can also be viewed online via the MDBA website.

To learn more about MDBA's webinar Water Quality in the Basin on Tuesday 20 April (10:00am–11:30am AEDT) please visit: www.mdba.gov.au/webinars.

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