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Monday, February 21, 2011

Blackwater is a Killer

Although the international news frequently references the defense contractor formerly connected with this color of water and their questionable activities in the Middle East and nearby locations, the Rainbow Water Coalition is more interested in the blackwater event in the Murray-Darling Basin in Australia which made the news for a largescale fish killing. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

Blackwater occurs when organic material such as leaves and bark is washed into the river by flood. The high organic content removes oxygen from the water and leads to deaths of some fish and other river life. Andrew Beale from the Water Department said it was a legacy of prolonged drought in recent years. "It's very large, it's about 1,400 kilometres long we estimate now, so it's something that's going to be with us for some time," he said. "This is a big one, but it's a perfectly natural phenomenon and we've dealt with these blackwater events in the past. "We've been in close contact with the Murray-Darling (Basin) Authority and the upstream jurisdictions as the events developed and travelled towards South Australia."

It appears that the colors of water are now also connected to climate change. And yet another color of water linked to the Australians who know how to navigate through just about the entire spectrum of water challenges.

The more times blackwater is encountered, the more times it is certain to kill.

"What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others".
~ Confucius

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