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 →
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.
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.
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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…