Fact Sheets

Carp: Villians or Victims? - Fact sheet for students (2015)

Commercial and recreation fishers, conservationists, community groups, parliamentarians and scientists are almost unanimous that something must be done about carp. But are carp the villains or just one of many symptoms being displayed by our stressed rivers. Are carp a scapegoat for 200 years of inappropriate river management, or are they one of the prime causes of degradation in our rivers?


The Murray-Darling Basin: Balancing the priorities of agriculture and the environment - guide for teachers

How do we ensure that Australia's water use is sustainable?

The Murray-Darling Basin river system supports the production of food, fibre and other products that are vital to Australia’s economy and the existence of many rural communities is closely tied to the availability of the water that flows through this system. The health of the river and ecosystems connected to the system are under threat due to environmental changes and human demands on a highly variable system. How do we manage the conflicting needs for water so that it is fairly distributed and the health of the river system is improved and secured for future generations?


A fresh history of the Lakes: Wellington to the Murray Mouth, 1800s to 1935 - Terry Sim and Kerry Muller


2015 SA Murray-Darling Basin Lower Murray NRM Education Program Information Package - Teacher Resource

The NRM Education Program offers a range of services to schools throughout the SA Murray-Darling Basin including youth leadership programs, teacher training, education sessions, technical support and opportunities to participate in on-ground action.


Save the Murray

Save The Murray is an initiative of the Murray Darling Association which aims to educate and lobby communities and policy makers to act in a positive and meaningful way to enhance the health of the Murray River system. 

There are a number of fact sheets available which cover important aspects of the natural systems of the Murray River, including topics such as flora and fauna, river regulation, environmental flows, water use and water trading. These can be accessed on the Save the Murray page of our website under the Projects tab or by clicking here.



Up and Doing - a brief history of the Murray Valley Development League and the Murray Darling Association from 1944 to 2014 - Adrian Wells (2014)

Up and Doing is available to order from the Murray Darling Association, please contact us if you would like a copy.


Towards a Healthy, Working Murray-Darling Basin - Basin Plan annual report 2013-14 - Murray-Darling Basin Authority

This book is available to order from the Murray Darling Association, please contact us if you would like a copy.


Rusty loses his Loop - Josie and Matthew Wright-Simon (2006)

A childrens picture story book based on the plight of migrational birds and the South Australian Coorong environment they rely on.

This book is available for purchase from the Murray Darling Association for $15 including postage, please contact us if you would like a copy.


Videos and DVDs

Lake Victoria - Cultural Heritage Videos (2015)

These videos are available on a DVD. Please contact us if you would like a copy.



1956 Murray Darling Flood (2006)

These videos comemorate 50 years since the great flood of 1956. They contain historical footage and images and stories from people who experienced the floods first hand. This video is available for purchase for $15 including purchase. Please contact us if you would like to purchase a copy.


The Water Cycle in the Murray-Darling Basin (2012)

The Murray-Darling Basin is one of the largest catchments in the world, but is also one of the driest. Rainfall varies from year to year, resulting in wet years, dry years, floods and droughts.

The Basin’s rain doesn’t simply falls out of the sky – it’s all tied up with the water cycle, or the way water moves around - literally in circles or cycles. This water cycle plays a vital part in keeping towns, farms, businesses and environments healthy in the Murray-Darling Basin.

This video looks at the water cycle in the Murray-Darling Basin; how it works; the role of water in the lives of communities; and how people are trying to improve how water is used.


What have we got here? Dr Dave and Primary School Students explore the wonderful world of Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands (2011)

Box-Gum Grassy woodlands are a very special part of the landscape of eastern Australia. They consist of large scattered eucalypt trees, native grasses and wildslowers. These woodlands once covered an area from southern Queensland to South Australia, nearly one third od New South Wales and over half of Victoria.

In the last 150 years, most of these woodlands have been cleared to become highly productive farms. In fact, so much land was cleared that only about five percent of these woodlands have survived and are listed as endangered.

The trees that are left are very important - they stop soil erosion and salinity; provide homes for native mammals, birds, reptiles and incects; and in spring, beautiful native flowers grow under the trees. These woodlands provide benefits for farmers, the environment and communities. 

Grassy woodlands cannot survive by themselves. They need help from governments, farmers, communities and school students.

This video allows students to explain why the Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands are so special.



Living River - Respect, Respond and Reap the Rewards (2008)

This video is primarily about the Murray River, but has relevance to all rivers, all students and all communities across the Murray-Darling Basin.

Schools will find this video a valuable and stimulating resource that will encourage students to think about, learn about and respond to one of the great river systems of the world.