Menindee Lakes/Lower Darling River

The first flows from widespread rainfall over north-west NSW and southern Queensland during January/February 2020 started arrived arriving at Menindee Lakes (Lake Wetherell) on 10 March. Flows are expected to continue into Lake Wetherell over coming months.

Based on combined rainfall events it is estimated that over 400 gigalitres (GL) will ultimately reach Menindee Lakes as a result of the current flow event.

The expected inflows will be enough to maintain supply to Lower Darling landholders for the next 12-18 months.

Releases for the Lower Darling commenced on 26 March.

The releases are designed so that flows are maintained along the river for as long as possible and water quality impacts are minimised. Poor water quality can impact on both water users and the environment, including native fish populations that remain in refuge pools along the river.

Regular updates on the recommencement of flows and associated issues will be provided and will be available below once produced.

Lower Darling resumption of flow updates

Lower Darling water quality updates