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Published: 17 September 2019   •   Media release

Works underway to repair erosion and damage at sites along 114 kilometres of the Swampy Plains and upper Murray rivers were the focus of a recent meeting of local landholders in Corryong, hosted by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority and the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE).

The MDBA Executive Director of River Management, Andrew Reynolds, said the annual program of works to restore and improve the river banks and channel was an essential part of managing the effects of river regulation.

"Over the last 12 months, eight priority sites on the upper Murray were restored at a cost of approximately $467000. That investment has resulted in new fencing, rock installation and 23 kilometres of blackberries and willow trees controlled in works overseen by NSW DPIE," Mr Reynolds said.

"The focus on bank stability and retaining a healthy river channel ensures the river can continue to carry water to downstream users.

"With drought conditions likely to continue through spring, Murray River operators are focused on conserving as much water as possible in the upstream storages at Hume and Dartmouth, while ensuring water demands are provided for across the system.

"The rainfall from the upper Murray and diversions from the Snowy scheme all help to meet downstream water allocations, and are stored in Hume Dam until needed."

The upper Murray and Swampy Plains works are funded by Snowy Hydro and the New South Wales, Victorian, South Australian and Australian governments.

For more information on how the MDBA runs the River Murray see our website.

ENDS


Revegetation site along the river bank, September 2019

Confluence of Murray River and Jerimal Creek, September 2019

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