Published: 03 Mar 2022 | Category:

3 March 2022: Airspace releases re-commence from Burrinjuck Dam

WaterNSW is informing customers and community that airspace pre-releases have re-commenced from Burrinjuck Dam in the Murrumbidgee River to target a streamflow of about 30,000 to 32,000 ML/day in the Murrumbidgee River at Gundagai.

The releases are being made to increase the available airspace at Burrinjuck Dam, following increased inflows to the storage after widespread high rainfall across the Murrumbidgee River catchment area over the weekend.

In addition, further rainfall is forecast this week which may result in a re-fill and spill of Burrinjuck Dam, without the additional releases.

The release from Blowering Dam will be managed so that flows will be within known channel constraints in the Tumut River at Tumut and at Gundagai.

Over the next few days, it is forecast that the Murrumbidgee River levels at Gundagai will increase to between 4.9m and 5.1m, below the minor flood level of 6.1m.

WaterNSW is monitoring the situation closely and consulting the Department of Planning and Environment, the Bureau of Meteorology, environment water managers and other key stakeholders.

WaterNSW advises customers, landholders, and community to monitor river levels closely and to make necessary arrangements to ensure infrastructure, livestock and personnel safety are not impacted by the fluctuating river levels.