Snowy River boaters advised to take care during dam release

6 September 2013

Boaters on the Snowy River are advised to take extra care between now and early November when excess water is released from Jindabyne Dam.

Roads and Maritime Services Maritime Principal Manager South Craig Whitmore said the NSW Office of Water will release 96.6 gigalitres of water in five allocations during the next two months and the extra water in the river may impact boating conditions.

“The first dam release was carried out today between 8am and 4pm with the next shifts to be carried out on Friday 13 and Tuesday 24 September, Tuesday 8 October and Wednesday 6 November,” Mr Whitmore said.

“Water is released from the dam to re-establish the old channel and remove silt and sediment which has built up.

“Boaters on the Snowy River below Jindabyne should check conditions before heading out and remain vigilant for debris in the water which could be floating, submerged or semi submerged.

“Skippers should adjust their speed to suit the conditions and ensure they keep a proper lookout at all times.

“Boaters are reminded the Snowy River is classified as an alpine lake for lifejacket requirements and it is the responsibility of the skipper to understand and obey regulations.

“If in doubt, put on a lifejacket when you head out on the water, especially if boating alone or in a small vessel such as a tinny,” Mr Whitmore said.

For more information on boating in alpine waters and lifejacket legislation, go to www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime

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