Options for getting more water around or through the Murray River Barmah Choke are now on the table.GEOFF ADAMS January 15, 2013 4:07am
A new report on the Barmah choke in Murray River has suggested options to reduce unseasonal flooding of the Barmah-Millewa forest.
The aim of the study, which started in 2007, was to develop an understanding of current and potential future water supply and environmental risks associated with the Barmah choke and other mid-river operational issues.
The study reported that the choke restricted the ability of the Murray River system to meet the demands of irrigators and other water users, and to manage high summer flows through Barmah-Millewa Forest.
The choke is the relatively narrow section of the river through the Barmah-Millewa forest which reduces the maximum flow to about 8000
The options recommended from the final report include:
The Deniboota Canal offtakes from Mulwala Canal downstream of Deniliquin and runs south-west, connecting to Murray River just upstream of Torrumbarry Weir via the Perricoota Escape.
The Perricoota Escape originally had a capacity of 50
A spokesperson for Murray-Darling Basin Authority said the study would feed into the work MDBA was doing to look at constraints in Murray-Darling Basin, as required under the basin plan.
‘‘The final decision on which options, if any, will be adopted will sit with representatives from basin governments.’’
The final report on the Barmah Choke Study was made publicly available mid last year shortly after it was finalised.
The spokesperson said it had long been recognised that the Barmah choke was a natural bottleneck in the system which limited how much water could be delivered to downstream water users in summer and autumn without causing unseasonal flooding of Barmah-Millewa Forest.
The study drew on the local knowledge of irrigation companies, forest managers and river operators on the Murray.
Further discussions with local stakeholders will be held in coming months and will be organised through catchment management authorities.
For further information and a copy of the report, go to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority website: www.mdba.gov.au
When Sam Atukorala addresses his children in his mother tongue of Sinhalese, they understand him completely, but they always reply in English.
Mulwala’s own motor racing sensation Steve ‘Harro’ Harrison has won the 2014 Victorian Super Tin Tops Championship.
St Augustines College, Kyabram, has won the inaugural School’s Sustainability Cup for 2014, beating several Melbourne schools.
The Shire of Campaspe is concerned as to the incomplete reporting of Port of Echuca property matters.
Four people, including a father and his two children, were fined more than $18,000 for their role in an alcohol-fuelled brawl at a Lockington party earlier this year which ended in a teenager beaten up and forced into a dog cage.
New faces for Girgarre FNC
A time to include late loved ones in the spirit of the season.
Firefighters were able to save a Finley property's buildings after a large stack of hay bales went up in flames on Monday.
Eppalock Primary School has gone global.
Scout Group hopes to raise funds for World Scout Jamboree through novel 24-hour endurance test.
Forest tour only way to understand impact.
Fodder depots have been set up in Euroa and Thoona for farmers hit by the recent fires.
The rail tracks are in such disrepear V/Line is having to close the buffet car between Euroa and Seymour due to health and safety concerns to hospitality staff.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.