Investigation

Tasmania's river system is in decline and scientists fear Battery of the Nation will topple it over

Caitlin Jarvis
By Caitlin Jarvis
May 14 2022 - 6:30pm
WATER CONCERNS: Gary France from Tasmanian Anglers Alliance says he has watched the degradation of Tasmania's rivers over many years, and operates tourist tours on Northern Tasmanian waterways. Picture: Paul Scambler

Tasmania's largest river, the South Esk, temporarily stopped flowing in 2020, after low seasonal rainfall and large-scale industrial use placed undue pressure on the river's ecosystem and experts fear the the state faces environmental failure on the scale of the Murray Darling Basin if political ambition pursues the expansion of competing industries such as "green hydrogen" and the Battery of the Nation/Marinus Link projects.

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Caitlin Jarvis

Caitlin Jarvis

Senior Journalist

I have worked in the Tasmanian digital/print media for 11 years, spanning two newsrooms. I have developed a keen interest in agricultural, development and education news, as well as issues-based long-form journalism. Contact me at caitlin.jarvis@examiner.com.au