Releases from Lake Eppalock will increase this week to assist with delivery requirements in the Murray system.
About 25Gl will be released from Lake Eppalock during February and March. Lake Eppalock is currently at 79 per cent capacity and holding about 240Gl.
Goulburn-Murray Water’s customer operations general manager Scott Barber said the increased releases would be delivered as inter-valley transfers which were 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,’’ he said.
‘‘The increased flows are being delivered in consultation with the North Central Catchment Management Authority 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 waterways will appear higher than usual as the releases take place.