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River Murray operations 19–26 August

Posted on 28 August 2015

Welcome to our weekly report of river operations on the Murray.

River operations

MDBA total storage increased by 43 GL this week. Active storage is now 4,315 GL (51% capacity).

The storage volume in Dartmouth Reservoir decreased by 36 GL to 2,671GL (69% capacity) and the release, measured at Colemans, averaged 7,400 ML/day. A reduction in the release is planned to begin during the coming week, with a flow rate of 5,000 ML/day anticipated by early September.

Hume Reservoir storage...

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MDB fact: climate change in the Basin Plan

Posted on 27 August 2015

How is climate change taken into account in the Basin Plan? It's an important consideration and is addressed a number of ways.

The Basin's highly variable climate provides significant challenges for water managers. These challenges will grow with the likelihood of even greater variability and more frequent extreme events as climate change unfolds.

This will affect rainfall, stream inflow and water storage in the Murray–Darling Basin — but these effects will be felt differently across the...

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Progress on SDL adjustment: stocktake and trial

Posted on 27 August 2015

Contributing to adjustment process for sustainable diversion (extraction) limits in the Basin are 2 key pieces of work that have now been published, including an independent stocktake of all the state projects proposed and a trial of the method we will be using to assess them.

There is an opportunity next year to change the sustainable diversion limit (or SDL) in the Basin Plan by finding ways to be more efficient with the Basin's water.

In developing the Plan, Basin ministers requested...

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The MDBA supports water amendment bill

Posted on 24 August 2015

The MDBA's chief executive Dr Rhondda Dickson gave this opening statement in her appearance before a federal Senate Committee on 24 August 2015.

The Senate's environment and communications committee was considering the Water Amendment Bill 2015 which proposes a cap of 1,500 GL on federal government water buybacks in the Basin.

The MDBA supports this bill…

Although we do not have responsibility for water recovery, we have always advocated for water recovery to be achieved through...

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The year ahead in river ops

Posted on 21 August 2015

We are in a relatively dry year and allocations for many irrigators are low. If the current inflow sequence continues there should be enough water, combined with carry-overs, to meet the minimum needs of most irrigators.

While we can't know for sure what the coming year will bring — how much rain, stream flow and water demand — we have put a range of scenarios to the test, from extremely dry to very wet, to explore how we might operate the River Murray under different conditions.


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