Macquarie River Food & Fibre (MRFF) has congratulated WaterNSW on their management of Burrendong Dam in recent months following record rainfalls across many parts of NSW.
MRFF Chairman Michael Egan said that WaterNSW had done a good job of managing dam releases and communicating closely with the local Macquarie Flood Zone Mitigation Reference Panel (FZMRP). The FMZRP is made up of representatives from WaterNSW, local councils and residents from all of the impacted river sections.
“WaterNSW has done a great job of managing releases from the dam in recent weeks and communicating with the local Flood Reference Panel to understand the impact of dam releases on different sections of the river” said Mr Egan.
Burrendong Dam received record inflows of 940,000 megalitres in September which is equivalent to 80% of the dam’s storage capacity and almost double the amount of water held in Sydney Harbour.
“Considering that the dam reached 100% capacity in early September and then went on to receive record inflows in the same month, WaterNSW have done a good job minimising flood impacts under difficult circumstances”
“We have seen a range of issues as a result of flooding, including crop losses and road closures, but the impacts would have been much worse if the dam releases weren’t managed appropriately” said Mr Egan.
The dam reached a high of 136% capacity (approximately 1,620,000 megalitres) on the 23rd of September after sitting at 11% only 4 months earlier at the beginning of June.
“Thankfully the rain has eased off since the beginning of October which has allowed WaterNSW to regain some airspace and farmers to get into their paddocks for the first time in a long time” Mr Egan said.
Burrendong Dam is one of the largest inland dams in NSW with a capacity of 1,678,000 megalitres. The dam’s capacity includes 1,188,000 megalitres of water storage and a potential 490,000 megalitres of air space for flood mitigation.
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