Welcome to the first River Murray operations update for March.
If this isn’t enough river ops for you, make sure you grab a copy of the river ops weekly report. It has more data on rainfall, storages, flow rates and salinity in the River Murray system. Of course, if you just want the words, read on!
Today, we’ll start by taking a look back at the Murray-Darling Basin in February.
February 2014 Summary
There was a welcome return to higher than average rainfall across many parts of the Basin during February although, in some areas, the recent run of dry weather continued. Across western, south-western and some central and south-eastern districts, there were several significant rain and storm events, with many locations recording above average to ‘very much above average’ monthly totals. In the south, however, conditions along the Victorian divide remained rather dry. In the north-eastern Basin, very dry conditions have persisted over the upper Condamine and Border Rivers catchments. Continue reading the river ops update…
Welcome to this week’s River Murray Ops update. Before we get to the latest from river ops, some news on works at Gunbower.
Commissioning of new works at Gunbower Forest, one of The Living Murray icon sites, starts this coming week.
Hipwell Road Weir, Gunbower Creek. Photo: Greg Watkins, Goulburn-Murray Water.
The commissioning is being carried out to test the gates on the Hipwell Road Offtake Regulator and Hipwell Road Weir structures. This will result in a small volume of environmental water being delivered into the Hipwell Road Channel, which flows into Gunbower Forest. The amount of water that will reach the forest is expected to be minimal. Continue reading for more from River Ops…
MDBA Chief Executive Rhondda Dickson
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the River Murray Agreement.
This ground-breaking approach continues to garner international attention in a world where cooperative river management across government borders is rare.
Shared effort is crucial to manage a river system as significant, complex and variable as the Murray-Darling Basin, and is increasingly important with the Basin Plan being rolled out over the next decade.
We’ll continue to work closely with basin governments and the people who live and work in the basin for years to come.
Last year, we delivered some major components of the plan Continue reading
Welcome to this week’s River Murray Ops Update.
Don’t forget to download a copy of the full river ops report for more information and stats galore on the week gone by.
On Tuesday (18 February), control of Menindee Lakes reverted to NSW as the total stored volume in the lakes reduced to less than 480 GL. Because of this, MDBA will have no active storage in the Menindee Lakes until the storage volume next exceeds 640 GL.
MDBA active storage fell this week by 112 GL to 5,300 GL (or 63% capacity).
Total storage in Dartmouth Reservoir decreased by 19 GL to 3,516 GL (91% capacity). The release has been reduced to 2,000 ML/day at Colemans gauge and is likely to remain steady next week. Continue reading
MDBA staff, Jackie and Jenny, were recently in regional Victoria to meet with a range of stakeholders and to learn more about Indigenous culture in the Murray-Darling Basin. Along the way, they were able to get a firsthand look at Barmah-Millewa and Gunbower forests.
Jackie and Jenny in their fashion-forward fly nets. Photo: MDBA
Lee Joachim, a Yorta Yorta man, is the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation’s Living Murray Indigenous icon site facilitator. While in Barmah, Lee told Jackie and Jenny about some of the Yorta Yorta projects going on in the area, including Continue reading
First up in today’s River Ops update is a reminder about changes to Lock 8 weir pool water levels.
From today, the Lock 8 weir pool is being slowly raised from its current level of 0.5m below full supply level to about 0.3m above full supply level. From the end of next week, the pool will be lowered back to the February target level of 0.5m below full supply level by around 23 February
You can find more information in the latest flow advice or in today’s full River Ops report. Remember to take the changing water levels into account and make any necessary adjustments to pumps.
MDBA active storage decreased by 190 GL this week and is currently 5,410 GL or 63% capacity.
At Dartmouth Reservoir, storage decreased by 25 GL to 3,535 GL (92% capacity). The release, measured at the Colemans gauge, remained steady at around 3,500 ML/day. Starting from Thursday 13 February, the release will be gradually reduced to a targeted flow of about 2,000 ML/day at Colemans by 19 February.
Khancoban Pondage. Photo: MDBA
At Hume Reservoir, the storage volume decreased by 99 GL to 1,594 GL (53% capacity). Snowy Hydro has been releasing an average of around 2,000 ML/day via Khancoban pondage over the past fortnight, which has assisted in slowing the rate of fall of Hume Reservoir’s storage volume. Continue reading
Welcome to the first River Ops update for February.
First up, a reminder that harmony transfers are continuing from Dartmouth Reservoir into the Mitta Mitta River this month.
Dartmouth Dam. Photographer: Michael Bell
At this stage, a release rate of 3,500ML/day is expected to continue until around the middle of February, with the release rate reducing to around 2,000ML/day during the second half of the month. Keep an eye on the storage volumes and releases page on the MDBA website for flow forecasts – it’s usually updated every Wednesday.
Before we get to the river this week, let’s take a quick look back at what January was like in the Basin. Continue reading