The River Torrens which runs through Adelaide is dammed in the centre of town to form Torrens Lake, to allow for activities to take place including rowing, Popeye the tourist boat and these paddle boats. Everybody is aground at the moment with an accidental release of millions of litres of water from the dam earlier in the week. I walked around the day after and the level of the "pond" had gone down by over 2 meters. The local rag is calling it Stinky Flats. Very sad, just at the peak of Adelaide's tourist season. The lake will not be refilled until it rains again. Rain? Rain? what was that you said.
This not nautical situation is a sad metaphor for the state of the environment here in South Australia.