The NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment issued a ‘rising river alert’ for the Snowy River between Jindabyne Dam and Dalgety in southern NSW for Thursday 14 November 2019.
The river will rise due to the fifth and last high-flow event in a series of planned environmental releases from Jindabyne Dam to the Snowy River during winter and spring 2019.
The highest flow rate will occur at Jindabyne Dam from 8am to 4pm on Thursday 14 November 2019 and will be equivalent to 2,188 megalitres per day for the eight hour period.
It is expected to see the river water level at Dalgety rise from 0.97m to 1.22m, an increase of 0.25m.
For the remainder of Thursday 14 November 2019, the flow rate will be about 1,762 megalitres per day. The flow rate will drop back to about 520 megalitres per day on Friday 15 November 2019.
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 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.
Source: NSW Government