Water flows are currently bringing welcome relief to parts of the parched Barwon-Darling, as an environmental release makes its way down the river system, topping up town supplies and relieving landholders and the environment.
The environmental release, which commenced in April from Glenlyon Dam on the Border Rivers, is almost complete with the headwaters currently making their way between Goondiwindi and Mungindi.
A larger, joint release from Copeton Dam on the Gwydir River continues at a rate of 700 megalitres per day, with flows moving past Moree on their way to Collarenebri, having watered the Mehi River system.
Flows from the Macquarie River have had a minor impact on the Barwon River between Walgett and Brewarrina.
Flows from the Culgoa River reach the Darling last week between Brewarrina and Bourke, with the possibility of that flow reaching the Bourke weir pool.
The Warrego River continues to deposit flows into the Darling River downstream of Bourke, having experienced its third flow surge last week. Warrego flows to date have made their way past Louth and are expected to reach Tilpa.
The stretch of Darling River between Tilpa and Lake Wetherell at Menindee is yet to experience meaningful flows.
Earlier this month water users were advised that the NSW government had extended the temporary pump restriction for the Barwon-Darling between Mungindi and Lake Wetherell at Menindee.
The government's temporary pump restriction for the Barwon-Darling - intended to limit access to the water to town supply, stock and domestic use and critical needs only - will remain in effect until 30 August 30.
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