Rising river alert - Snowy River below Jindabyne Dam

Department of Industry – Crown Lands and Water has issued a ‘rising river alert’ for the Snowy River between Jindabyne Dam and Dalgety in southern NSW for Wednesday. (November 15, 2017)

Snowy River planned water release on November 15, 2017.

Snowy River planned water release on November 15, 2017.

The river will rise for the fifth and last high-flow event in a series of five planned environmental releases from Jindabyne Dam to the Snowy River during winter and spring 2017.

The highest flow rate will occur at Jindabyne Dam from 7am to 3pm on Wednesday and will be equivalent to 4,121 megalitres per day for the eight hour period.

For the remainder of Wednesday, the flow rate will be equivalent to 2,593 megalitres per day. The flow rate will drop back to 2,045 megalitres per day on Thursday.

The environmental benefits from this release are expected to be greatest between the dam wall and the junction with the Delegate River. However, the flow pulse will be noticeable well down into Victoria.

It is expected to see the river water level at Dalgety rise from 1.08m to 1.41m, a rise of 0.33m. This is one of four secondary high-flow events for 2017 that will be released from the cone valves at Jindabyne Dam.

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 in proximity to the river.

The last high-flow event for 2017 has been officially named ‘Bundrea Nooruun Bundbararn’, which means Waterhole Big Lizard, in recognition of the Southern Monero-Yuin-Bolga traditional people who have an enduring and strong connection to the Snowy River.

All high-flow events in the Snowy River during 2017 have been named by the 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.

Crown Lands and 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.

More information can be found here