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River Flows Over Easter

River Flows Over Easter

River Flows Over Easter

River flows over the Easter long weekend will depend on the weather and demand for water, according to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

The MDBA have reminded river users that the levels could be low or similar to current levels, depending on where you are on the river.

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MDBA Executive Director of River Management, Andrew Reynolds, said flows and river heights over Easter will be steady if conditions remained dry.

"Although Easter is not in peak irrigation season this year, with the ongoing dry conditions there remains a need to continuing releasing water from storage to meet system demands," Mr Reynolds said.

"That means while there should be reasonable flow in the river, it is probable that this year’s river levels will be lower than last year’s, when Easter and school holidays were earlier in the irrigation season.

Mr Reynolds said the forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology indicates a low likelihood of rain.

"Based on this I am expecting river flows to be similar to current levels.

"Should we receive significant rain, however, water demand is likely to drop and we would then release less water from the dams. This would mean river heights could drop as we conserve water in storages so we can maximise water availability for entitlement holders in the future."

Mr Reynolds said they understand Easter is important for businesses, with the peak in tourism, however their primary focus is optimising water availability for entitlement holders.

He said river users should still be wary of the conditions, no matter the river levels.

"It’s important to remember that river levels can change and may not be the same as the last time people visited the river. It’s a reminder to all of us to always consider safety when using our rivers."

To check river levels and forecasts visit the MDBA’s River Murray data site or look at the Bureau of Meteorology’s 7-day Streamflow Forecasts.

For more information on how the MDBA takes into account communities’ recreational needs, see the MDBA River recreation page. https://www.mdba.gov.au/river-information/river-recreation

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