Before we get to the latest River Murray storage and flow information, just a reminder about the open house meetings we have coming up next week to talk about the draft constraints management strategy. If you are near Mildura, Renmark, Shepparton or Deniliquin next week, you may want to stop by and have a chat:
When: Monday 14 October, 12:30-2pm
Where: Quality Hotel Mildura Grand
Seventh Street, Mildura
When: Monday 14 October, 3-5pm
Where: Renmark Club
160 Murray Avenue, Renmark
When: Tuesday 15 October, 3-4:30pm
Where: Function Room 2, Eastbank Centre
70 Welsford Street, Shepparton
When: Thursday 17 October, 2:30-4pm
Where: Gallery Room, Deniliquin RSL
72 End Street, Deniliquin Continue reading for the latest river ops information…
Last year, Basin Ministers requested that, as part of the Basin Plan, the MDBA complete a study on constraints – the Constraints Management Strategy. The strategy will outline the work that needs to be done over the coming years on constraints to the delivery of environmental water. The draft version of this will be released tomorrow on the MDBA website. Remember, the strategy itself is just the first step in what will be many years’ worth of work looking at constraints.
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.
On the Murray, looking towards Mildura. Photo: MDBA
A constraint could be something physical, like a low lying bridge, or a rule or policy, like dam release rules. Changing how we manage the Basin’s rivers and removing certain constraints could allow us to get better environmental outcomes in the Basin. To do this properly, we need to have a good understanding of what constraints are out there and what the effects would be if we made changes to any of them. Continue reading
Welcome to the first river ops update for October. If you want to know what’s been happening at Dartmouth and Hume this week, you’ve come to the right place!
We’ll start with a quick look back at the Basin in September, but feel free to skip straight to the latest storage and flow info in the River Operations section.
September 2013 Summary
Rainfall in September was close to average across much of the Murray-Darling Basin, with areas above average in the ACT, and south-eastern and central NSW. Below average rainfall was recorded in southern Queensland, the Victorian Alps and parts of NSW. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reported that overall average rainfall across the Basin was 26% below the long-term mean, with a total of 25 mm.
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Have you ever wondered what the life of a lockmaster is like? SA Water and ABC Open Riverland have come up with a great little video (less than 3 minutes) to show the lockmen & lockmaster in action, regulating flow along the Murray River and helping boats travel through the lock & weir system. Still not convinced? Don’t you want to see more of this?
One of the less orthodox water vessels travelling through the system. Image: ABC Open Riverland
MDBA active storage increased by 16 GL this week and is currently 7,908 GL, which is 92% capacity.
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Today’s post is by Jody Swirepik, Executive Director of Environmental Management. The following was first published in the Shepparton News on 11 September 2013.
Over the past few months, MDBA staff have been travelling to parts of the southern basin to speak with landholders and community representatives about the work we’ve been doing on constraints.
This has been the first step towards a larger body of work to be done over the coming years to look at how we might get better environmental outcomes in the basin if we changed some of the physical structures, like low-lying bridges, and ‘river rules’, such as release rules for dams.
In particular, we want to find out how we might reinstate some of the small overbank flows that used to happen before the dams and weirs were put in place. These are the flows that go just to the top of, or over the bank.
By November, we need to have completed a strategy for how this work should proceed over the coming years.
Welcome to the first river ops update for September. Before we take a look at the last week in river ops, let’s have a quick look at what the Basin was like in August.
A look back at August
Through the central and northern parts of the Basin, conditions were dry with large areas recording rainfall that was ‘very much below average’. In far southern NSW and northern Victoria, rainfall was close to average, while over the south-east ranges rain was mostly above average. However, with the vast majority of the region recording below-average rainfall, the total area-averaged rain for the Basin during August was reported by the Bureau of Meteorology at just 17.1 mm, which is 55% below the long-term mean.
Temperatures across the Basin were some of the highest ever recorded for the late winter period. The Bureau of Meteorology noted particularly high maximum temperatures through NSW and Queensland, with most of this area reported as ‘very much above average’. Minimum temperatures were also higher than the long-term August average, with the largest anomalies reported in Victoria. Wetter and cloudier weather helped push the state as a whole to its second highest average August minimum temperature on record.
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Welcome to another River Murray Ops update.
With Hume at 96% capacity and Dartmouth at 98% capacity, we thought we’d give you a quick reminder on some useful sources of information.
You can read more about the management of Hume Dam on our website.
You can check the Bureau of Meteorology website for up-to-date flood warnings in your area.
For NSW readers, NSW State Water Corporation runs an early warning network service – register for updates at www.statewater.com.au/EWN.
MDBA active storage increased by 154 GL this week, which brings the total active storage volume to 7,825 GL (91% capacity).