Mur­ray ris­ing from mid-Septem­ber

The Riverine Herald - - CROSSROADS -

RIVER users in Echu­caMoama should pre­pare for the Mur­ray to rise no­tice­ably from mid-Septem­ber.

Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Author­ity (MDBA) head of river man­age­ment An­drew Reynolds said wa­ter lev­els down­stream of Hume Dam would fluc­tu­ate as wa­ter was re­leased from Hume and the Goul­burn sys­tem for the en­vi­ron­ment.

Peo­ple are also ad­vised to ad­just their ac­tiv­i­ties, pumps and moor­ings ac­cord­ingly.

‘‘Planned wa­ter re­leases will re­main within chan­nel ca­pac­ity and are likely to rise and fall de­pend­ing on in­flows and down­stream de­mand,” Mr Reynolds said.

“Start­ing in mid-Septem­ber, river users in the Echuca district and down­stream should be aware that wa­ter lev­els will rise no­tice­ably, as en­vi­ron­men­tal wa­ter en­ters the Mur­ray River as a pulse from the Goul­burn River.

“By late Septem­ber, the flow down­stream of Tor­rum­barry Weir is ex­pected to ex­ceed 10,000 me­gal­itres per day (gauge height of 3.1 me­tres) for about one week be­fore re­ced­ing to pre-pulse lev­els within a fort­night.

“Wa­ter lev­els might be higher if there is sig­nif­i­cant rain, or lower if di­ver­sions are higher than fore­cast.”

The flow from the Goul­burn has been planned by Goul­burn Bro­ken CMA and will be man­aged by Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter.

For in­for­ma­tion about Goul­burn flows visit www.gbcma.vic.gov.au or www.gmwa­ter.com.au

“As th­ese en­vi­ron­men­tal flows pass down­stream they will sup­port mul­ti­ple sites in­clud­ing the Ed­ward-Wakool River sys­tem, BarmahMillewa For­est, Gun­bower For­est, Hat­tah Lakes and the Coorong and Lower Lakes,” Mr Reynolds said.

Peo­ple can sub­scribe to the River Mur­ray Weekly Re­port and also check-in with their lo­cal wa­ter author­ity for up-to­date in­for­ma­tion about the flows.

River data for sites on the Mur­ray River sys­tem can be seen at river­data.mdba.gov.au

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