Planned Snowy environmental flows superseded by flood mitigation releases
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has suspended planned environmental water releases from Jindabyne Dam that were scheduled to take place on 24 October and 31 October, due to flood mitigation releases by Snowy Hydro.
The flood mitigation releases, which can reach flow rates of 5,000 megalitres per day, are necessary 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.
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.