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Rising river alert Snowy River below Jindabyne Dam
« on: September 25, 2014, 10:38:45 PM »
Rising river alert Snowy River below Jindabyne Dam

‘Billa Bidgee Kaap’- Big water season


The NSW Office of Water today issued a ‘rising river alert’ for the Snowy River between Jindabyne Dam and Dalgety in southern NSW for Tuesday 30 September 2014.
The river will rise due to the third high-flow event in a series of five planned environmental releases from Jindabyne Dam to the Snowy River during spring 2014.
All five high-flow events in the Snowy River during spring 2014 have been named by the five regional aboriginal communities - Bidwell-Maap, Wongalu, Southern Monero- Yuin-Bolga, Maneroo-Ngarigo and Wiradjuri - who recognise the link between these high flows and the health of the Snowy River.
The third high-flow event for 2014 has been officially named ‘Billa Bidgee Kapp’ in recognition of the southern Wiradjuri traditional people, who have an enduring and strong connection to the upper catchment of the Snowy River.
The ‘Billa Bidgee Kapp’ refers to the big water season associated with the spring snow melt in the montane rivers of the Snowy Mountains.
These natural high-flow occurrences sustained their traditional practices and cultural ecosystems by maintaining the in-stream habitat, wetting riparian zones and filling billabongs. These high flows sustain the traditional food sources of the montane rivers.
The highest flow rate will occur from 8am to 4pm on Tuesday 30 September 2014 and will be equivalent to 3,841 megalitres per day for the eight hour period.
For the remainder of Tuesday 30 September 2014, the flow rate will be equivalent to 2,418 megalitres per day. The flow rate will drop back to 1,988 megalitres per day on Wednesday 1 October 2014.
The environmental changes from this release are expected to be greatest between the dam wall to the junction with the Delegate River. However, the pulse will be noticeable down to the estuary in Victoria.
It is expected to see the river water level at Dalgety rise to 1.39 m. This is one of four secondary high flow events for 2014, with water released from the cone valves.
It is important to note that water released at Jindabyne will take about six hours to reach Dalgety Weir at this flow rate. Landholders downstream of the Jindabyne Dam are advised to take all necessary precautions with stock, fencing and property.
The NSW Office of Water will work with the NSW State Emergency Service and Bureau of Meteorology to provide information to the community regarding the management of this release should weather conditions warrant.


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