More lake re­leases

McIvor Times - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

RE­LEASES from Lake Ep­palock have in­creased lately to as­sist with de­liv­ery re­quire­ments in the Mur­ray sys­tem.

About 25 gi­gal­itres will be re­leased from the lake dur­ing Fe­bru­ary and March. Lake Ep­palock is cur­rently at 79 per cent ca­pac­ity and hold­ing around 240GL.

Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter cus­tomer op­er­a­tions gen­eral man­ager Scott Barber said the in­creased re­leases will be de­liv­ered as in­ter-val­ley trans­fers which are a re­sult of wa­ter trad­ing ac­tiv­ity.

“The reser­voir is in a good po­si­tion at 79 per cent ca­pac­ity and is be­ing called on to de­liver al­lo­ca­tion which cus­tomers have cho­sen to trade down­stream,” Mr Barber said.

“The in­creased flows are be­ing de­liv­ered in con­sul­ta­tion with the North Cen­tral Catch­ment Man­age­ment Author­ity (NCCMA) to en­sure they will pro­vide an en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fit down­stream of the reser­voir. In par­tic­u­lar these flows aim to at­tract na­tive fish up­stream into the Cam­paspe sys­tem from the Mur­ray River.

“De­pend­ing on flows into the lake in the com­ing months, we fore­cast Lake Ep­palock’s level will be about 66 per cent by the end of March. This is a rea­son­able level at this time of year after sum­mer, lead­ing into tra­di­tional wet sea­son for our cus­tomers.’’

Recre­ational users of Lake Ep­palock and nearby river users may no­tice the rivers will ap­pear higher than usual as the re­leases take place.

Daily on­line up­dates about re­leases from wa­ter stor­ages are avail­able at gmwa­ter.com.au/wa­ter­re­sources/man­ag­ing-wa­ter-stor­ages

The fore­cast re­leases may change at any time due to rain­fall and down­stream flow re­quire­ments.

Cus­tomers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the wa­ter trad­ing mar­ket can mon­i­tor trade avail­abil­ity on the Wa­ter Reg­is­ter web­site wa­ter­reg­is­ter.vic.gov.au/wa­ter­trad­ing/al­lo­ca­tion-trad­ing

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