We have almost reached the end of another year. We’ll have one more river ops update for you in 2013 before a brief hiatus before we’re back close to mid-January. Will you be spending the break in the beautiful Basin?
A houseboat at Lock 11. Photographer: Arthur Mostead
Maybe you’ll be fishing or holidaying on a Murray River houseboat. Whatever it is, we’d love to hear about it! Let us know in the comments section, below.
If you are about to go on holiday, you’ll probably want to know the outlook for the Murray this week… Continue reading →
Welcome to this week’s river operations update. It’s a bit of a long one this week! If you’re thirsting for even more information, make sure you grab a copy of the River Ops Weekly Report.
Earlier this week, we issued a flow advice for the Mitta Mitta River concerning Dartmouth and Hume. Harmony transfers from Dartmouth Reservoir to Lake Hume started this week. The water is being transferred because of the warm, dry conditions we’ve been experiencing and the high demand on water held at Hume. The movement of water provides additional flood mitigation capacity at Dartmouth for next winter and spring without impinging upon the security of supply to downstream water users. Landholders and river users, including pumpers, should take into account the increasing flows along the Mitta Mitta River and make any necessary adjustments to their river activities.
Lock 11, Mildura Weir. Photographer: Arthur Mostead
We also have some info about future works at Mildura Weir. It looks like Mildura Weir pool will be fully drawn down for about three weeks during May and June next year for the installation of new trestles with mechanised gates. The work will mean that Lock 11 will be closed during this period and boat access through the weir will not be possible. While the MDBA and Goulburn-Murray Water anticipate that the work will start in May 2014, we both are already talking to local river users, including tourism operators, to determine the most appropriate time to carry out the work. Continue reading →
Earlier this week, the John Monash Foundation announced the recipient of the 2014 MDBA John Monash Award in Water Studies. You may have read our post about the prestigious postgraduate scholarship back in August. We’d like to congratulate Ben Mylius on this outstanding achievement. Ben will study for an LLM (Masters of Law) and SJD (Doctor of Juridical Science) in Earth Jurisprudence at Harvard University.
Yesterday, we released the Constraints Management Strategy. If you haven’t had time to read through it yet, you may want to take a look at the really short version we posted.
As for what’s in store for the next week? Read on…
Spring growth of Moira grass, a distinctive and important wetland plant species (bright green on water surface), benefiting from the current inundation at Hut Lake, Barmah Forest. Photo: Beth Ashworth, VEWH, and Keith Ward, Goulburn-Broken CMA
MDBA active storage decreased by 193 GL this week and is currently 7,068 GL, or 82% capacity. Continue reading →
The CMS is the first step in a 10-year process to look more closely at some of the key river constraints in the Murray-Darling Basin.
In simple terms, a constraint is something that stops us from delivering environmental water as effectively as we could – in other words, things that stop us from getting water to where it could do some good. A constraint could be something physical, like a low lying bridge, or a practice or policy, like dam release rules. Changing some of these constraints could significantly improve the benefits of environmental watering.
The Australian Government has committed $200 million to change or remove constraints that the Basin governments decide need to be addressed. To make that decision, they will need to consider both the merits and the impacts of any possible changes. That’s where the CMS fits in. Continue reading →
The Living Murray Program (TLM) aims to protect and enhance six icon sites through targeted environmental watering. This watering can do great things for the biodiversity along the River Murray. When we talk about biodiversity, we are talking about the range or variety of living things, including plants and animals.
A butterfly rests on sea rocket. Photographer: Pamela Gillen
The icon sites themselves are significant areas of high biodiversity. For example, in the Barmah-Millewa forest, there are 381 plant species (of which 17 are threatened) and 221 animal species (of which 57 are threatened) that are native to the region. Continue reading →
Craig Knowles talking about the first anniversary of the Basin Plan. Photo: MDBA
MDBA active storage decreased by 106 GL this week and is currently 7,262 GL, or 84% capacity.
At Dartmouth Reservoir, the storage volume has decreased by 8 GL to 3,798 GL (98% capacity). The release (measured at Colemans) was increased to 3,500 ML/day late in the week, but is expected to reduce to 1,500 ML/day in the coming week.