Valley storage level
Updated: 18 March 2019
The Lower Darling is one of the worst affected regions in this severe time of drought with storage currently at critically low levels.
- There have been extreme low inflows (the amount of water entering the Menindee Lakes from the Darling River) since August 2018. Inflows since January 2018 are the lowest recorded inflows in history.
- Parts of the Lower-Darling have now ceased to flow with water no longer reaching Pooncarie. This is causing significant social, economic and environmental impacts.
- The Murray Darling Basin Authority has released its environmental watering outlook for 2019-20. The outlook for the environment in the Murray-Darling Basin, particularly in the north, is extremely challenging and there will be almost no scope for environmental flows for the remainder of the 2018-19 year unless it rains.
- The drought is a natural disaster – it has not been caused by extraction or irrigation.
Operations update (14 February 2019)
Community members and stakeholders from the Lower Darling met in Pooncarie to discuss the latest drought outlook and water management options being planned by the Department of Industry and WaterNSW.
While water storage in the Lower Darling valley remains at critically low levels, we will update you as news comes in via our media releases and water operations updates. This will be in addition to our weekly Regional NSW drought report.