River ris­ing to stable height

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

The Ed­ward River at De­niliquin is slowly re­turn­ing to its ‘nor­mal’ sum­mer river lev­els af­ter a sharp drop in the past week.

Ed­ward River Coun­cil Mayor Norm Bren­nan said he has re­ceived ad­vice from water au­thor­i­ties that once back to ‘nor­mal’, the river lev­els should re­main stable for the rest of the sum­mer pe­riod.

Cr Bren­nan made a call to water au­thor­i­ties last week about river lev­els af­ter re­ceiv­ing con­cerned phone calls from tourism op­er­a­tors.

The river height had dropped to only 2.1m, when it would nor­mally be sit­ting at or near 2.4m.

‘‘The height of the river re­flected the rain­fall up­stream which de­creased de­mand for water, and the re­duc­tion in in­flows to al­low for wa­tered forests to drain.

‘‘Au­thor­i­ties have since taken re­me­dial ac­tion and I’m told the river height should be at 2.4 to 2.5 me­tres for com­ing months, which is a lit­tle higher than nor­mal.

‘‘I was told Fri­day it should take at least three days for the height to come back up, and should then stay there.’’

The Ed­ward River at De­niliquin was yes­ter­day at 2.2m, up from 2.15m on Sun­day.

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