Welcome to this week’s River ops update, which also includes a summary of conditions over the past month and details of the Basin Plan community meetings.
Basin Plan Community update meetings
Another round of community updates on work under the Basin Plan will be held in the southern Murray–Darling Basin next month.
The MDBA will be hosting meetings in the following towns:
- Murray Bridge
For further details and how to register your attendance see our latest media release.
MDBA total storage rose by 121 GL this week, with the active storage now 6,157 GL (73% capacity).
At Dartmouth Reservoir, the storage volume increased by 28 GL to 3,632 GL (94% capacity). The release is steady at 200 ML/day. A short flow pulse may be released in the coming week to manage water quality and ecosystem functions in the Mitta Mitta River. A flow advice will be issued if this operation proceeds.
Inflows into Hume Reservoir over the past week averaged 14,000 ML/day, increasing the storage by 93 GL to 2,141 GL (71% capacity). The release remains at the minimum rate of 600 ML/day. Inflows from the Kiewa River downstream of Hume maintained the flow in the Murray at Doctors Point at an average of 4,000 ML/day.
At Lake Mulwala, the major irrigation offtakes continue to prepare for the coming irrigation season. Mulwala Canal has been diverting 1,500 ML/day, whilst Yarrawonga Main Channel is expected to re-commence channel filling next week. The release from Yarrawonga Weir is steady at around 11,500 ML/day, however it will be lowered over the coming week as inflows from the Ovens River recede. Once the release falls below the downstream channel capacity of the Barmah Choke (around 10,600 ML/day), regulators currently diverting water into Barmah-Millewa Forest are planned to be closed.
Lake Pamamaroo, Menindee Lakes. Photo: MDBA.
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