New Murray flows peak this week
The MDBA says River Murray communities between Hume Dam and Yarrawonga Weir can expect varying flows in late July and early August.
The authority says river users should consider adjusting their activities, pumps and moorings accordingly.
Releases from Hume have been increasing this week, with the flow at Doctors Point, upstream of Albury, reaching a peak of up to 18,000 megalitres a day before dropping to about 6–9,000 megalitres a day.
This short period of high release from Hume Dam will help to refill Lake Mulwala after its recent drawdown. Lake Mulwala is expected to reach normal operating height in early August.
In addition, the flow will also include Commonwealth environmental water which will pass through Yarrawonga Weir to benefit native fish and vegetation along the Murray.
Meanwhile, the flow at Corowa should reach up to 17,500 megalitres a day or 3.45 metres local gauge height this week.
Some rain is forecast over the next week and, in the event that good inflows to Lake Mulwala come from the Ovens River, releases from the Hume Dam may be reduced.