It’s easy to believe that the condition of the Loddon is deteriorating with the ongoing drought. However, the two aerial photographs below are quite revealing. The first was taken in 1949 and shows the river at a time when there was still active dredging and uncontrolled stock access to the bed and banks. The view in 2002 shows that extensive regeneration of River Red-gums and other riparian vegetation has occurred. There are many other differences to be seen in the surrounding landscape with careful examination.