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Current Level Information

The Murray Darling Bain Authority provides live data about the Murray River from the Border to the Sea. This information plots the height of the river level above sea level. The RMBOA graphs below plots the river level against the nominal pool levels to make it easier to see whether the level is above or below the normal level.

Longitudinal Section of River Murray System

NOTE: The status of the river shown by the colours only reflects the latest information supplied to the RMBOA from river users and may not reflect the current state of the river Use this information at your own risk.

The RMBOA Voyage Planning Guide, which part of the RMBOA Membership Pack, provides more information about the Lock and Bridge operating times.


Current information in the form of an interactive map can be found at the River Murray Data website.
 
Murray River Conditions At A Glance
 Updated Thursday  20-November-2014.
WEATHER FORECASTS & WARNINGS
Murraylands Forecast : Riverland Forecast : Warnings for South Australia
Colour Legend
  Lock Closed; or Danger in Area
River flow above 60 Gigalitres per day
  Caution Required / Bridge not opening
River flow above 30 Gigalitres per day
  No identified issues in the area
NOTE: The Catch-And-Release season for Murray Cod in South Australia is now closed until the end of 2014. Targeting Murray Cod in SA is now illegal. River Distance: 0km
Murray River Mouth
Status: SANDBARS IN AREA
River Distance: N/A
The Lakes
Levels & Salinity
River Distance: N/A
Tauwitchere Lock
Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: 8555 3040

River Distance: 8km
Goolwa Lock
Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: (08) 8555 2046
            0408 813 729
River Distance: 12km
Goolwa WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance:  112 km
Murray Bridge
River Level

River Distance:  112 km
Murray Bridge WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance:  150 km
Mannum
River Level
River Distance:  150 km
Mannum WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 208km
Walker Flat WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 246 km
Swan Reach
River Level
River Distance: 246 km
Swan Reach WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 274 km
Lock1: Blanchetown
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: (08) 8540 5001
River Flow

River Distance: 274 km
Blanchetown WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 319km
Morgan WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 362 km
Lock 2: Waikerie
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Pool Lowering in Progress (see below)

Phone: (08) 8543 2246

River Distance: 382 km
Waikerie WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 382 km
Waikerie
River Level

River Distance: 431 km
Lock 3 WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 431 km
Lock 3: Overland Corner: Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: (08) 8588 7005
River Distance: 489 km
Loxton

River Level


River Distance: 516 km
Lock 4: Bookpurnong
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: (08) 8582 1388
River Distance: 524km
Berri WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 562 km
Lock 5: Renmark
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATONAL
Phone: (08) 8595 5114
River Flow
River Distance: 564 km
Paringa Bridge Opening Bridge

Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: 0408 955 322
Closed Height = 3.6 metres
River Distance: 566 km
Renmark WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 617 km
Lock 6 WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 620 km
Lock 6: Murtho
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
(Level increase - see Chowilla below)

Phone: (08) 8595 8025

River Distance:
GS426200
River Level

River Flow

River Distance: 697 km
Lock 7: Rufus River
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Sandbars between Locks7&8

Phone: (03) 5027 8225
River Distance: 726 km
Lock 8: Wangumma
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Sandbars between Locks 7&8
Pool Height Changes (see below)

Phone: (03) 5027 8231
River Distance: 765 km
Lock 9: Kulnine
Downstream : Upstream
Status:  OPERATIONAL
Pool Height Changes (see below)

Phone: (03) 5028 2235
River Flow
River Distance: 825 km
Lock 10: Wentworth
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: (03) 5027 3190
River Flow
River Distance: 836 km
Wentworth WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 878 km
Lock 11: Mildura
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: (03) 5023 1396
River Distance: 1110 km
Lock 15: Euston
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Pool Height Changes (see below)

Phone:
River Flow
River Distance: 1228km
Boundary Bend
 River Level

River Flow
River Distance: 1285 km
Wakool Junction
River Level

River Flow
River Distance: 1629 km
Lock 26: Torrumbarry Weir
River Information
Status: OPERATIONAL
Pool Height Changes (see below)

Phone: (03) 5487 7221
River Distance: 1992km
Yarrawonga Weir
River Information
Lower Murray River
Depth Profile
(Normalised to pool level)
Lake Victoria Lake Level, Inflow, Outflow, Storage River Flow
into South Australia
Summary of Media Releases issued by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), released 21st November 2014 and the MDBA Release dated 19th November 2014.

Flow Outlook
The flow at the South Australian border is approximately 10 GL/day and will remain around this rate during the coming week, depending on upstream river and storage operations, extractions, and rainfall events.

The flow over Lock 1 is approximately 9.5 GL/day and will reduce to around 8 GL/day during the coming week.

Barrage Operations And Water Levels In The Lower Lakes
The water level in Lake Alexandrina is approximately 0.70 m AHD and approximately 0.69 m AHD in Lake Albert. When conditions are favourable, barrage releases will be prioritised through Tauwitchere and Goolwa (approximately 70:30 ratio), adjacent to the fishways, targeting a volume of approximately 2 GL/day.

CONSTRUCTION WORKS & OTHER ISSUES

 

Murray River
A continuous flow of at least 2 GL/day is required from the barrages to minimise sand build-up in the Murray Mouth. Flows of this magnitude reduce the rate that sand is deposited in the Murray Mouth through tidal activity, wave energy, and storms.


Lock 1 & Lock 2 Pool Levels
The water level at Lock 1 has been returned to normal pool level. The water level at Lock 2 is being drawn-down and should be around normal pool level by the first week in December 2014.

Yatco Lagoon
Work is underway to relocate pump offtakes from Yatco Lagoon and install new pump offtakes on the River Murray. The construction work is expected to be completed by early 2015.

Deep Creek (Pike Floodplain)
Work to replace the Deep Creek inlet structure and construct a vertical slot fishway is underway. Deep Creek flow will be maintained throughout the construction period via a temporary diversion pipe. Construction is expected to be completed by mid-December 2014. Traffic conditions on the Lock 5 Road will be changed during this period.

 

Settlers Bend

 Concerns have been expressed about the low levels at Settlers Bend (below Lock 5). There is a 1.1m depth on the exit of the bend coming upstream (during the increased flow), in line with the Captains markers. It is a tight turn and narrow passage. It seems some are encouraging the commission to block the small "by pass" channel upstream from the bend to direct all the flow around Settlers.

  The green markers that follow around the bend are lacking in numbers now, with one green 20 ltr drum forming the first of the down stream markers. A large gap exists between this and the next marker up stream and it appears important to stay close to the bank all the way along this area.  


Chowilla & Lock 6
The water level at Lock 6 is now at normal pool level.

 

Lock 8 & Lock 9 Pool Changes

The Lock 9 weir pool level is expected to increase by up to 15cm above the full supply level over spring, and the Lock 8 weir pool is expected to increase by about 80cm above full supply level.

 

Over summer and autumn, the weir pools will be lower than full supply level. Lock 9 is expected to be drawn down to about 10cm below full supply level and Lock 8 will be drawn down to about 60cm below full supply level.

 

Both weir pools will be raised back gradually to full supply level by winter 2015.

 

Lock 7 & Lock 8

Sandbars are present along sections of the River Murray, downstream of Lock 7 and 8 and in South Australia.

 

Environmental Pulse

The River Murray is expected to start rising quickly at Echuca from around 24 November. As the water moves along the river, levels will be high for about two weeks before dropping back to their regular height.


Downstream of the Torrumbarry Weir the river is forecast to peak at around four metres as the flow passes through before dropping back to two metres. If conditions remain dry, levels at Swan Hill could rise from 1.3 metres to about two metres at the local gauge.


WATER QUALITY – Blue-Green Algae
The New South Wales Government, through Sunraysia Algal Coordinating Committee, has issued a red alert warning for toxic blue-green algae on the Darling River at Tapio, where water is unsuitable for recreation, stock and domestic purposes.


NOTES:

Long Term River Levels and Flows

The data used to generate the graphs above is held in a database. Graphs of the levels and flows over the longer term can be found here.

 

River Flow Classifications

The South Australian Government classification system for River Murray flows can be found here.

The RMBOA ceases river functions when the River Flow is expected to be in excess of 30,000ML/day because of the difficulties in mooring a fleet of boats close together.

What is "pool level"?
Under normal conditions, the locks along the lower Murray River cause the river to form into a series of pools between the locks. The pool level is the height above sea level of the surface of the water in those pools. To allow river users to see whether the river level is above or below normal, the river levels in the RMBOA graphs are normalised around the pool level. That is, if the river river is the normal pool level, it will show as 0 metres. If it is above the normal level, the reading will be positive and if it is below the normal level, it was be shown as being negative. On the river level graphs, the pool level is shown as a yellow horizontal line.

What Does The "Depth Profile" show?
The depth profile represents the normalised depth of the river along its length in South Australia. If all the levels along  the river were at pool level, it would be a straight line as the normal  height variations would be removed. The vertical lines that are usually seen on the graph represent the weirs. Although in a flood, the water level above and below each weir is the same, the profile graph will show a large jump as there is a large difference between the normal level below the lock and the current level.

Note: The pool level for below Lock 4 has been adjusted by 0.26 metres to better reflect the readings actually obtained over the long term.

River Murray Flow Advice

The Department of Water is providing weekly bulletins about the flow in the Murray River from Lock 9 to Murray Bridge. The advice is issued each Friday on their news page. Further information can be obtained by phoning (08) 8595 2299 for a recorded message.

Murray Darling Weekly Report

The Murray Darling Basin Authority provides a weekly status report on the basin. This provides a wide range of information from across the entire basin.
 
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