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Lowering of Mildura Weir pool from Monday 27 May 2013
« on: March 24, 2013, 02:36:24 PM »
Lowering of Mildura Weir pool from Monday 27 May 2013
07 March 2012 - MDBA


Mildura Weir pool will be drawn down from Monday, 27 May 20013 for essential maintenance on the concrete trestleway.


The weir pool will be drawn down for about 8 weeks. However, if necessary to complete the repairs, this duration could extend up to 11 weeks.

Lock 11 will also be closed for this period and boat access through the weir and lock will not be possible during this time.

The weir pool level will be gradually lowered over 7-9 days to about 3.6 mm below full supply level, depending on river flows, to allow the maintenance work to commence in early June.

From discussions with interested parties, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and Goulburn-Murray Water recognise the potential impacts that this drawdown will have on the local community and are taking all reasonable measures to keep the duration a as short as possible. As a result of these discussions, the commencement of the drawdown has been delayed till late May.

The two agencies first advised the community of this drawdown in November 2012.

Increases in river salinity may occur during the drawdown, depending on flow rates at the time. River salinities will be continually monitored and available each Wednesday morning, with forecasts, on the Murray-Darling Basin Authority website at www.mdba.gov.au. This information will be updated more frequently if salinity levels increase markedly.

Boat operators, stock owners, river pumpers and other river users are advised to take these changed water levels and the lock closure into account and make any necessary adjustments to their activities.

During the drawdown, interference with any habitat, including removal of trees, stumps, fallen logs and aquatic plants is prohibited.



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