The Murray River has risen to levels that will prevent local boat hire operators from trading, possibly right up until Christmas.By Randall Johnston
The Murray River has risen to levels that will prevent local boat hire operators from trading, possibly right up until Christmas.
Cobram-Barooga Boat Hire owner Danny Dunn said this was not the case every year and that river levels were notoriously hard to predict year to year.
‘‘I can’t operate at high river levels,’’ Mr Dunn said.
‘‘It’s about one metre too high and just too dangerous for the houseboats and there is no access to the boat ramp (when it’s this high) anyway.
‘‘The houseboats can’t get under the bridge.
‘‘It’s also hard for people to tell where the natural river bed is, when the water is this high.
‘‘I can see the river being too high for the next two to three months.
‘‘The Hume Weir is at 86 per cent, so that will probably go over, it can only take a few days for the Hume to fill in heavy rain.
‘‘(Northern Victorian Regulated Water Systems) are starting to worry a bit, which is why they have released more water out into the river.’’
The river came up here about two weeks ago, but has been fluctuating since.
‘‘Just last week it came up by about a metre,’’ Mr Dunn said.
Generally, water released from the Hume Weir takes about four days to reach the Cobram-Barooga Bridge.
He said it was unusual to see the river so high at this time of the year.
‘‘It’s usually low at winter time — bone dry. Then they start to let more water through when the snow melts.’’
Northern Victorian Regulated Water Systems resource manager Mark Bailey said although Lake Hume has risen from 65 per cent to 85 per cent of capacity in the last month and Victoria’s share of Dartmouth Reservoir was full, there was no need for alarm.
‘‘A declaration of a low risk of spill in the Murray, Goulburn or Campaspe is not possible in August,’’ Dr Bailey said.
‘‘The current risk of spill in all three systems during 2013-14 remains much higher than 10 per cent, which is the threshold.
‘‘Lake Eildon and Lake Eppalock are both holding more than 79 per cent of capacity, and are rising after recent rainfall in the Goulburn and Campaspe catchments’’”
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has recently started pre-releases from Lake Hume.
Water shareholders are advised to plan their early season water use as soon as possible.
Under the changes to carryover rules announced in November 2012, Lake Hume has replaced Dartmouth Reservoir as the primary indicator for spill in the Murray system.
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