Snowy River planned high-flow event suspendedDate: 2016 09 16
DPI Water today announced it would suspend the Snowy River high-flow environmental water release planned for Tuesday 20 September 2016.
Manager Surface Water, Brian Graham, said the decision to suspend the high-flow event was made based on the recent widespread rainfall experienced across the region, coupled with a saturated catchment that is highly responsive to runoff from rainfall and the predicted rainfall over the coming week.
“While flows from this week’s rainfall are subsiding, it was decided that the planned high-flow event for 20 September could potentially impact unnecessarily on downstream landholders due to continuing tributary inflows and more predicated heavy falls,” Mr Graham said.
“The suspension of the high-flow event will mean that changes to the daily release schedule from Jindabyne Dam will be made to accommodate the release of this water gradually over coming weeks.
“The next planned high-flow event will take place on Wednesday 5 October, subject to weather conditions at the time.
“This October event will see the largest release of water from Jindabyne Dam during the planned high-flow events this year.”
Mr Graham said that although the high-flow event for next week had been suspended, the same planned total annual volume will still be released to the Snowy River during the 2016-17 water year.
“These high-flow water releases are designed to better mimic the natural flow characteristics that are seen in Snowy Mountain rivers, with the aim of improving the long-term health of the iconic Snowy River.
“DPI Water will work with the NSW State Emergency Service and Bureau of Meteorology to provide information to the community regarding the management of planned future releases should weather conditions warrant,” said Mr Graham.
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