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Published: 07 January 2019   •   Flow advice

Landholders and river users, including pumpers, on the Mitta Mitta River are advised to take into account the forecast releases of water from Dartmouth Dam and make any necessary adjustment to their river activities.

Transfers from Dartmouth Dam to Hume Dam have continued since August 2018 to support demands downstream.  Transfers have eased during the last couple of months as inflows to Hume Dam, while still quite low, have tracked above those assumed under extreme dry planning.

For the month of January, without further improvements to inflows, the current release from Dartmouth of 5,000 ML/day is expected to remain until 18 January. Flows are to then be slowly reduced to 3,800 ML/day over the Australia Day long weekend before returning to around 5,000 ML/day. Without rainfall, these releases are expected to deliver January river levels at Tallandoon between 2.65 m and 2.40 m.

Releases may be adjusted if significant rainfall occurs in the catchment downstream of Dartmouth and if further inflow improvements to Hume enable a reduction in overall transfer volumes.

Landholders and river users on the Mitta Mitta are advised to regularly check the current flows and forecasts on the MDBA website for more information on releases from Dartmouth Dam. Summary information about the River Murray system is available in the River Murray weekly report.

If you are observing bank erosion around key assets on your property, as a result of the recent higher river flows, please call the North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA). NECMA implements a riparian program in conjunction with the MDBA that aims to help manage erosional impacts related to high flow rates along the Mitta Mitta River downstream of Dartmouth Dam.

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