Planned Snowy environmental flows cancelled
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has cancelled planned environmental water releases from Jindabyne Dam that were scheduled to take place from Tuesday 11 through to Friday 14 October 2022, due to current catchment conditions and forecast rainfall.
However, ‘unplanned managed’ water releases are currently being made by Snowy Hydro from Jindabyne Dam due to the spring snowmelt and wetter than usual weather conditions.
Snowy Hydro has indicated that pre-releases will help mitigate ‘unplanned spills’ and the current releases will be greater than the environmental releases notified on Snowy Hydro’s website, which may change at short notice in response to the weather conditions.
Releases could reach flow rates up to 5,000 megalitres per day.
During the releases by Snowy Hydro, landholders downstream of the Jindabyne Dam are advised to take all necessary precautions with stock, fencing and property in proximity to the river.
As the releases flows through the system, people should refrain from entering or crossing swollen waterways.
Snowy Hydro will continue to keep the community informed about management of water in Lake Jindabyne through its website and social media channels.
More information can be found at Snowy River increased flows.