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4 October 2007: Emergency action: NSW Department of Water and Energy to “review” all NSW dam releases

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

It appeared the NSW Department of Water and Energy had frozen all dam releases. This was believed to result from an unpublished decision of State Minister’s Senior Officials’ Group (SOG). The decision appeared as a Community Service Announcement on Environmental Water Releases into the Snowy River by Snowy Hydro, which said. the NSW Department of Water and Energy had advised that “due to the critical drought situation, all releases from all dams are being reviewed. Accordingly, the NSW Department of Water and Energy has directed Snowy Hydro that releases from Jindabyne Dam into the Snowy River not be increased pending further advice”.

What Snowy said 5 September 2007: In accordance with the requirements of the Annual Water Operating Plan, as directed by the NSW Department of Water and Energy, Snowy Hydro is increasing seasonal environmental water flows into the Snowy River. Water flows will increase from 95 ML/Day to around 177 ML/Day for the month of September 2007, to around 206ML/Day for October 2007 returning back to around 95ML/Day in November 2007.

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