Boaters take care: Lake Jindabyne water release

20 March 2012

Boating conditions are set to change from today after Snowy Hydro this morning began an environmental release of water from Lake Jindabyne into the Snowy River, Roads and Maritime Services has warned.

Maritime Acting Manager Boating Safety and Regional Operations Craig Whitmore said those intending to go boating should do so with extra care.

The release will continue for about 19 days, in order to move 80 gigalitres of water from Lake Jindabyne and reduce the water level from 100 per cent to about 89 per cent to allow capacity for further inflows and rainfall.

Mr Whitmore said the peak flow day is expected to be Tuesday, 27 March, when 12,000 megalitres will be released.

“It is likely there will be more debris in the Snowy River than normal, which could be a navigation hazard for people boating,” he said.

“Those in kayaks and canoes should be especially careful due to the faster flow of water.”

Traditionally, Snowy Hydro has two environmental releases of water from Lake Jindabyne each year, before and after the snow melts.

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