Flood flows have reached the barrages and the Murray Mouth, already at 48,000 ML/d and predicted to go as high as 80,000 ML/d by December. What a difference from just four months ago, when a forecast of drought conditions led to the Minister for Water to announce restricted irrigation allocations of 38%!
On a field trip with a delegation of Indian water engineers yesterday, we saw strong flows through all five barrage structures, with more than 180 gates open in the 3.6 km Tauwitchere barrage. The high numbers of piscivorous birds indicated a feast of fish!
The flood flows will be very beneficial in scouring sand deposits out of the channels leading to the Murray Mouth, promoting fish passage through the barrages and freshening the Coorong wetland. Here’s hoping we get even more than 80,000 ML/d!