Please note: from Wednesday 9 December 2015, this blog will no longer be regularly updated. Visit our news page on our redeveloped website for all the latest news from the MDBA. This blog will be archived in the coming months.
The latest updates from the Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Explore our new site

Posted on December 9, 2015 by Sarah - MDBA

Based on your feedback, we’ve made changes to the look and feel of our website to give you a better user experience. We’ve updated our menus and removed duplicate information to improve navigation and make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for.

The new design of mdba.gov.au is responsive to several screen sizes.

The new design of mdba.gov.au is responsive to several screen sizes.

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The River Murray in November and spring 2015

Posted on December 4, 2015 by Dominique - MDBA

In the first weekly report of each month, our river operators look back at the month that came before so here’s our rundown on the River Murray in November and also Spring 2015.

Interested also in our look back on the 2014-15 water year? See our blog post.

Looking for detailed rainfall, inflows, storage and operations for the river week ending 2 December 2015? Have a read of our weekly report.

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River Murray operations 25 November – 2 December

Posted on December 4, 2015 by Dominique - MDBA

Welcome to our report on river operations in the Murray for the river week ending 2 December 2015.

In this weekly report, our river operators have also done a summary of River Murray conditions in November and spring 2015 (see separate post).

Rainfall and inflows

Most of the Basin was dry this week, with the only significant rainfall occurring in the north-east. With the continued dry weather across the majority of the Basin, system inflows have continued to remain low.

The week saw milder temperatures across most of the Basin. The southern Basin is forecast to see warmer temperatures over the coming week, with the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) forecasting that the areas from the Lower Lakes to Balranald and the Lower Darling will reach the low-40s over the weekend. Further upstream, in the areas from Swan Hill to Albury, temperatures are forecast to reach into the high-30s.

See the full weekly report for a rainfall map and figures.

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Water planners check-in on the north

Posted on December 2, 2015 by Eleanor - MDBA

Our enviro water staff were in the northern basin last month having a look at the Condamine–Balonne, Border Rivers and Gwydir catchments.

It’s been dry for a long time in this part of the basin. Difficult conditions and a largely unregulated system mean environmental water holders have had very few natural flows helping to carry their water to places that need it.

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An update on our northern Basin work

Posted on December 1, 2015 by Dominique - MDBA

Below is an update from our general manager of policy and planning, David Galeano (pictured), who oversees the Northern Basin Review.

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Over the past couple of years a great many people have been helping us strengthen our knowledge of the river systems, and the communities that rely on them, in the northern Murray–Darling Basin.

When the Basin Plan was signed off in 2012, the Murray–Darling Basin Authority agreed to do more work in the north, with a particular focus on seeing how we might get better social and economic outcomes.

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Latest from our northern Basin advisors

Posted on December 1, 2015 by Dominique - MDBA

Our Northern Basin Advisory Committee met in Canberra last week for their final meeting in 2015.

Chair Mal Peters said the committee provided valuable updates on members’ activities in the basin, and received informative presentations from agency representatives.

“The meeting was an important opportunity to hear about progress on work the federal and state government bodies are undertaking in the basin,” Mr Peters said.

“In particular, the committee welcomed the opportunity to get a better understanding of the Northern Basin Review science projects, which are now nearing completion, and the focus on social and economic outcomes.”

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River Murray operations 18-25 November

Posted on November 27, 2015 by Dominique - MDBA

Welcome to our report on river operations in the Murray for the river week ending 25 November.

Rainfall and inflows

Very hot weather affected most of the southern Murray–Darling Basin during the last week. This was due to a slow-moving high pressure system over the Tasman Sea which drew dry and hot air across from central Australia. Conditions were mostly dry across the Basin, with the only significant rain occurring in the northeast.

With the hot, dry weather over the past week, inflows have continued to reduce. Despite a small spike in inflows due to the rain earlier in the month, the past few weeks of dry weather have seen inflows to the Murray system for November continue to track well below the long-term average. With the current El Niño conditions and the recent Bureau of Meteorology estimate that 2015 will be in the top 10 hottest years on record for Australia, it is unlikely that the inflow trend will change.

See the full weekly report for a rainfall map and figures.

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