River levels to fluctuate

July 05, 2017

Higher levels may occur along the Murray River during winter.

Communities along the Murray River in NSW and Victoria can expect varying flows during winter and should consider adjusting their activities, pumps and moorings accordingly.

River levels downstream of Hume Dam will fluctuate as water is released from Hume and the Goulburn system for the environment.

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority said planned water releases would remain within channel capacity and were likely to rise and fall to mimic natural flow conditions.

Starting in late June, river levels in the Echuca district and downstream will rise noticeably, as environmental water enters the Murray from the Goulburn River.

By early July, the MDBA expects the flow downstream of Torrumbarry Weir to exceed 10000Ml/day (gauge height of 3.1m) for about two weeks before receding gradually. Flows may be higher in the event of rainfall increasing tributary inflows.

The flow from the Goulburn River has been planned by Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and will be managed by Goulburn-Murray Water.

As these flows pass downstream they will support multiple sites including the Edward-Wakool river system, Barmah-Millewa Forest, Gunbower Forest, Hattah Lakes and the Coorong and Lower Lakes.

For more information on Goulburn River flows, go to: www.gbcma.vic.gov.au and www.gmwater.com.au

Updates on flows and river heights are available by subscribing to the River Murray Weekly Report. River data for sites on the Murray River system can be seen at: https://riverdata.mdba.gov.au

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