River rising to stable height
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.