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Mildura Weir pool to be emptied
« on: December 11, 2012, 09:40:43 AM »
Lowering of Mildura Weir pool in winter 2013
22 November 2012 - MDBA

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority and Goulburn-Murray Water today advised that the Mildura Weir pool is planned to be fully drawn down for up to 11 weeks next winter to allow for essential maintenance to be undertaken.

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The full drawdown of Mildura Weir pool (to about 3.6 m below full supply level, depending on river flows) is planned to commence in late May. The precise timing and duration of the drawdown will take into account conditions at the time and input from river users.

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

When the remedial works are completed and the weir is reinstated, the weir pool will be raised back to full supply level by mid-August 2013. If the works are completed earlier, then the weir pool will be filled to the normal operating range at the earliest opportunity.

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

Some increases in river salinity may occur during the drawdown, depending on flow rates at the time. River salinities will be continually monitored and available on the Murray–Darling Basin Authority website at www.mdba.gov.au.

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.

Over the coming months, the Murray–Darling Basin Authority and Goulburn-Murray Water will issue further advice with more specific dates and details.



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