A 'rising river alert' has been issued by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for the Snowy River on Monday.
The alert for the Snowy River between Jindabyne Dam and Dalgety is the first of four planned environmental releases for the river during winter and spring 2020.
The highest flow rate is at Jindabyne Dam from 8am to 4pm on Monday and will be equivalent to 3,500 megalitres per day for the eight hour period.
It is expected to see the river level at Dalgety rise from 0.90m to 1.37m, a rise of 0.47m.
For the remainder of Monday the flow rate will be about 1,200 megalitres per day. The flow rate will drop back to a target of about 1,080 megalitres per day on Tuesday.
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.
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 department will work with the NSW State Emergency Service and the Bureau of Meteorology to provide information to the community regarding the management of this release should weather conditions warrant.
More information can be found at - www.industry.nsw.gov.au/water/basins-catchments/snowy-river/initiative/increased-flows