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
Welcome to this week’s River Ops report. Today is a very special day! Today marks the first anniversary of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan being signed into law.
Our Chair, Craig Knowles, spoke to ABC News about the anniversary of the Basin Plan.
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.
The Living Murray program reached a historic milestone this month: the 1000th gigalitre of water was delivered to the environment.
The Living Murray was Australia’s first joint-government environmental watering program. Set up in 2002, it is funded by the Victorian, South Australian, Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Commonwealth governments and coordinated by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.
Since the program began, the approach to watering has evolved significantly – from the management of small allocations and limited watering at specific sites during the early years of drought, to the recent system-wide waterings that benefit entire regions. You can read more about this milestone on our website.
Barmah Forest landscape. Photographer: Keith Ward
MDBA active storage decreased by 121 GL this week and is currently 7,369 GL, or 86% capacity.
Continue reading this week’s river ops update…
In today’s river ops update, we’ll start by taking a look back at the month of October, which was a very dry one for the Murray-Daring Basin.
We’ll then give you the latest from River Murray operations, including updates on Hume and Dartmouth.
Dartmouth Dam. Photographer: Michael Bell
For even more information (plus maps, graphs and, yes, more data), download a copy of the full River Murray Operations Report
from the MDBA website.
Continue reading this week’s River Murray Ops Update…
Welcome to this week’s River Murray Ops Update.
Yesterday, we issued a flow advice about weir pool level changes at Lock 9.
From 18 November, the Lock 9 weir pool will be temporarily lowered below the full supply level for about one week. It will be lowered by 0.1m/day to around 0.3m to 0.4m below full supply level.
The lowering of the pool is to test how far the water levels can be lowered in summer to minimise impacts on local water users, and pumps supplying water to Lake Cullulleraine.
Please see the flow advice for more information.
Read on for the latest from River Murray Ops…
Welcome to the new look Free Flow!
It’s not finished – and we’re still working out the kinks – but we hope you like what you see so far. We thought it would be better to get something out there rapidly and then improve it incrementally (and relatively quickly) as we go along. If you find any bugs or have any suggestions, we’d love to hear from you!
As part of the update, we’re adding mobile versions of the blog. You won’t be locked in – you’ll be able to switch between the mobile and desktop versions of the site. You can see the work in progress versions already if you use a phone or a tablet – please bear in mind that they’re not final by any means.
Don’t forget that you’re more than welcome to share your thoughts by leaving a comment at the end of our posts. You can also share posts, rate posts out of 10 and give comments a thumbs up or thumbs down. Why not try out the commenting feature in this post by letting us know what you’d like to read about on Free Flow? Or you can talk about the main event – the latest on River Murray operations.
MDBA active storage decreased by 78 GL this week and is currently 7,671 GL, or 89% capacity.
At Dartmouth Reservoir, the storage volume increased by just 1 GL to 3,819 GL (99% capacity). With some slightly higher inflows due to the rain, the release has been increased for a short time to 2,500 ML/day at Colemans. The release is being varied to match inflows and is expected to return to about 1,500 ML/day over the weekend.
Continue reading the River Murray Ops Update…
A beautiful backdrop…
A quick announcement before we get into today’s river ops update.
We’ve added another open house meeting to our line up. If you’ll be near Narrandera on Wednesday and you’d like to talk to us about the draft constraints management strategy, here are the all important details:
When: Wednesday 23 October, 4-5:30pm
Where: Narrandera Ex-Servicemen’s Club
41 Bolton Street, Narrandera
Don’t forget, you’ve got until the 30th of this month to get your feedback in about the draft strategy.
MDBA active storage decreased by 108 GL this week to 7,748 GL (90% capacity). At Dartmouth Reservoir, storage has been steady at about 3,818 GL (99% capacity). Continue reading this week’s river ops update…