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Title: Flow advice: Murray flows to vary from late November
Post by: Editor on November 19, 2014, 10:21:24 PM
Flow advice: Murray flows to vary from late November
19 November 2014 - MDBA

Communities along the River Murray between Echuca and Mildura are reminded that river levels will be changing for a few weeks starting in late November 2014. River users are advised to adjust their activities, pumps and moorings accordingly.

The changes will occur as environmental water released from Lake Eildon enters the Murray from the Goulburn River.

The River Murray is expected to start rising quickly at Echuca from around 24 November. As the water moves along the river, levels will be high for about two weeks before dropping back to their regular height.

Downstream of the Torrumbarry Weir the river is forecast to peak at around four metres as the flow passes through before dropping back to two metres. If conditions remain dry, levels at Swan Hill could rise from 1.3 metres to about two metres at the local gauge.

The environmental pulse will use Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder allocations to benefit fish spawning and vegetation on the Goulburn River, and will boost downstream watering in the mid Murray, lower Murray, Lower Lakes and the Coorong. In addition to the environmental water, the pulse will also include delivery of water traded from the Goulburn Valley to the River Murray.

This will be the second of two environmental pulses from the Goulburn River, the first of which passed through the system from mid-October to early November.

The planned flows in the Goulburn River will be managed by Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority in collaboration with Goulburn-Murray Water, with releases made in line with the Victorian Environmental Water Holder’s Seasonal Watering Plan 2014-15.

River users wanting more information on River Murray heights can receive updates at www.mdba.gov.au/river-data/current-information-forecasts (http://www.mdba.gov.au/river-data/current-information-forecasts)

Further updates will be provided as required through the media and the MDBA's river operations weekly report.
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