Release planned to freshen Loddon River

WATER will be released to the Loddon River between Loddon Weir and Kerang Weir by the North Central Catchment Management Authority from next Monday, February 4, for up to three weeks.

NCCMA chief executive officer Damian Wells said the main purpose of releasing the water from Loddon River storages was to freshen the water quality.

“The target volume of 100 megalitres per day will provide a pulse of water to the river,” he said.

“(It aims) to achieve environmental outcomes by freshening water quality and maintaining connectivity in the river (which) helps to maintain a suitable habitat for fish and water bugs, as well as watering fringing vegetation.”

Mr Wells said landholders near the Loddon River may notice a rise of about 30 centimetres downstream of Loddon Weir, including Twelve Mile Creek, during the water release. 

Flows downstream of Laanecoorie Reservoir will remain within normal summer operating ranges.

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