Water managment

Murray River planning revised in line with continued dry conditions

3 December 2018

MDBA
3 December 2018

Updated operational planning for the Murray River has sharpened focus on the potential for dry conditions to continue through to winter 2019.

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) Executive Director of River Management, Andrew Reynolds, said the 2018-19 River Murray System Annual Operating Plan had been updated to reflect the low rainfall and relatively warm conditions experienced across much of the southern Basin over the past winter and spring.

“While we had a small amount of rain in August, things were unusually dry in July and September, which is typically when the system receives most of its rainfall and inflows,” Mr Reynolds said.

“We will continue to plan for all scenarios, including very wet conditions, but this update reflects the greater possibility that dry or very dry scenarios will eventuate.

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