"The River Murray is Australia's largest river, yet much of the land it flows through is close to desert. The life-giving water of the Murray has allowed settlement, agriculture, rural development and tourism - but that development has come at a cost."
That's the view of nationally renowned science journalist Dr Rob Morrison, who presents a new radio series focusing on the many issues facing the Murray and the people who are trying to save it.
Produced by 5UV Radio Adelaide (101.5 FM), the 30-part series, Wetlands Drylands, goes to air from Monday, October 15 until Friday, November 23.
Starting at the Murray's mouth, and in the time of Matthew Flinders, Wetlands Drylands follows the river upstream along part of its 2500 km journey. On the way it delves into Aboriginal legends and customs, European exploration, the paddleboat era, agricultural development, and takes a close look at the Murray's future.
"The series presents short and very accessible stories about the Murray, and aims to raise awareness of the power of the Murray and why we need to protect and restore it," Dr Morrison says.
"It is as much a story about the people who are trying to do this as it is a story about the river itself."
Listeners outside the Adelaide metropolitan area can tune in via Radio Adelaide's 24-hour internet live broadcast on www.radio.adelaide.edu.au 
The series will also be broadcast on community radio stations throughout South Australia.
Radio Adelaide (101.5 FM, 531 AM and in RealAudio at www.radio.adelaide.edu.au )
Monday, October 15 - Friday, November 23
7.35 am and repeated at 12.35 pm
(Australian Central Standard Time, and Australian Central Summer Time from October 29)
Radio Adelaide acknowledges the financial support of the Federal Department of Industry Science and Resources.
Mr Tony Ryan, Executive Producer
Telephone: (08) 8303 5000 wk
Dr Rob Morrison , Adelaide University's Media Unit
Telephone: (08) 8303 3490 wk