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(GL) Gt(GL) % (GL) (GL) (GL)
3856 3535 92% 71
3005 1702 57% 23
Lake Victoria 677
478 71% 100 373 +14
Menindee Lakes 1731 376 22% -
9269 6091 66% -
River Murray report: Data provided by River Murray Water for week ending July 9, 2014:
Salinity (EC) Current Average over the
Burtundy (Darling) 620
Milang (Lake Alex) 680
Poltalloch (Lake Alex) 740
RAINFALL AND INFLOWS
There was a familiar pattern to the rainfall across the
Murray-Darling Basin this week: mostly dry conditions across
the north and rainfall in the south, with the wettest areas
along the southern Great Divide and ranges.
MDBA total storage increased this week by 139GL. Active
storage is now at 65 per cent capacity. Storage in Dart-
mouth Reservoir increased by 20GL to 3535GL. The flow at
Colemans is steady at 200ML/day (ML/d).
Inflows to Hume Reservoir averaged around 16,000ML/d
with the storage rising 1,702GL. Release remains at the
minimum flow of 600ML/d. Inflows from the Kiewa River
downstream of Hume are keeping the flow at Doctors Point
averaging around 3600ML/d.
At Yarrawonga Weir, the pool level in Lake Mulwala is
124.73m AHD. The release is currently 14,700ML/d.
On the Edward-Wakool system, around 2000ML/d is flow-
ing through the Edward River offtake, which remains fully
open. The Gulpa Creek offtake is passing around 350ML/d.
At Toonalook, the flow is currently 3700ML/d. At Stevens
Weir, the flow downstream is currently 2300ML/d.
On the Goulburn River, the flow at McCoys Bridge is cur-
rently 2900ML/d. Downstream at Torrumbarry Weir, diver-
sions at National Channel have been steady at 700ML/d, as
environmental watering of the Gunbower Forest continues.
The flow downstream of Torrumbarry Weir has averaged
On the Murrumbidgee River, the flow at Balranald is cur-
rently 760ML/d. At Euston Weir, the pool level is currently 8
cm above Full Supply Level (FSL).
Environmental watering of the Hattah Lakes, located be-
tween Robinvale and Mildura, is continuing with almost
1000ML/d being pumped into Chalka Creek.
At Mildura Weir, lock and weir works are due to commence
late next week.
Storage in Menindee Lakes remains fairly steady, with a de-
crease this week of just 3GL to 376GL. The release, measured
at Weir 32, is currently around 200ML/d.
At Lake Victoria, the storage volume increased this week
by 14GL to 478GL. The flow to South Australia averaged
4000ML/d over the past week, and will be around 4500ML/d
in the coming week.
At the Lower Lakes, the 5-day average water level in Lake
Alexandrina is currently 0.7m AHD. Releases through the
barrages and fishways averaged around 1900ML/d. Recent
storm events have resulted in a large amount of water mix-
ing in Lake Albert resulting in a noticeable decrease in salin-
ity, currently around 2300ML/d. This is around 150 EC less
than the average salinity recorded during June 2014.D.
wasn't the only
comrade of Al Gore
during his recent trip
dent Sarah Rickard got
up close and personal
with the former US
Vice President when
she attended a training
session designed by Mr
Gore to empower Aus-
tralians to tackle climate
Ms Rickard said she
felt particularly passion-
ate about the effects of
climate change on the
"I was born and
raised in Barmera," she
"Living in the town
I visited the lake often,
mostly for swimming of
course, but also for its
beauty and the wildlife
that relies upon it.
"I do often think
about the long term
effects of climate
change on the area."
Ms Rickard said she
found out about the
with Mr Gore through
the Australian Conser-
"I have been follow-
ing the Australian Con-
who hosted the train-
ing, for many years,
and former CEO Don
Henry -- who I admire
-- has been working
closely with Al Gore,"
"I have always
felt that there are bet-
ter ways to live with
the resources that are
at hand, rather than
extracting these fos-
silised substances to
fuel our energy-hungry
"I have focused my
work and lifestyle on
this, and I did the train-
ing to learn how to share
the knowledge I have
gathered with others."
Ms Rickard, who
works in sustainable
housing, said people
can make many small
changes to help save the
environment -- and boost
their hip pocket.
"Looking at your
own house, if it is ener-
gy efficient is a good
start, and it also saves
you money," she said.
"Check for drafts,
and add insulation or
external shading, so that
and heating isn't needed
"Learn to live in
more variable tempera-
tures, such as putting on
extra layers in the win-
ter, or setting the ther-
mostat to 20 in winter
and 28 in summer.
"Turn lights off when
you leave a room and
unplug appliances that
have standby power."
Ms Rickard also said
buying local supports
farmers and the environ-
"Look at where your
food comes from," she
said. "Choosing food
produced or grown
closer to home.
"And eat less meat,
it's better for your
Ms Rickard said
those who wanted to do
more could fatten their
"There is a lot of
power in the consumer,
so use your money to
make more informed
choices," she said.
"Install solar power
or choose green power
from your energy pro-
vider (and) create the
demand for renewable
"For a bit more
impact, change your
superannuation fund to
a company that does not
invest in the fossil fuel
industry, and change
banks for the same rea-
Ms Rickard said peo-
ple should also let their
local MP know that they
want action on climate
"These people are in
power to represent us,
so they should be acting
on the issue that is most
serious to us," she said.
"Also if anyone in
the Riverland needs
more information on
the topics of climate
change and sustainable
housing or sustainable
living, I am happy to
Tackling climate change with Al
Former US Vice President Al Gore, pictured
during his recent trip to Australia.
Sarah Rickard got up
close and personal
with climate change
advocate Al Gore
during his recent
Local post offices are set to get a boost
with Australia Post increasing payments to
operators and introducing a raft of initiatives.
Australia Post has announced it will introduce
wider access to point-of-sale technology, giving
customers better access to services such as payment
by credit card, EFTPOS and banking services.
The new payment initiative has lifted the mini-
mum guaranteed annual payment for licensed post
offices and introduced a minimum payment for
community post offices.
Australia Post has also promised to increase
payments for providing working space to mail and
parcel contractors and representing Australia Post to
the local community.
Australia Post managing director and chief
executive officer Ahmed Fahour said the initiatives
would ensure regional and rural communities con-
tinue to have access to the network of 4400 outlets.
"While letter volumes decline, we are commit-
ted to not only keeping our post offices open and
vital to the communities they serve but also growing
their relevance by evolving them from a reliance on
letters through increasing the trusted products and
services they offer," he said.
"While the package applies to all post office
licensees, rural and regional operators will benefit
"As Australia Post evolves to meet both the chal-
lenges and opportunities that the digital revolution
is presenting we will continue to talk to our custom-
ers and our community so we can best meet their
Mr Fahour encouraged locals to take part in a
new feedback forum online (auspost.com.au/con-
versation) to make suggestions about the future of
Australia Post backs
rural post offices
This National Tree Day -- July 27
-- Riverland residents are being asked
to grow a plant to help the state's
The call comes from South Australian
environmental organisation, Trees For Life,
which has developed easy-to-grow ruby salt-
In an initiative with local and long-time
supporters Foodland, the kits will be avail-
able for $1 at all 116 Foodland stores just in
time for Planet Ark's National Tree Day.
Locally, they will be available in Bar-
mera, Loxton, Renmark and Waikerie.
The kits contain seed to grow the ruby
saltbush, step-by-step instructions and jiffy
The jiffy pots are a complete propagation
system in themselves and expand in water,
which means there is no mess and the plants
can even initially be grown inside on a sunny
Trees For Life chose the ruby saltbush
(Enchylaena tomentosa) species because of
its suitability to most parts of the state. It is
a shrubby perennial growing up to 1 metre
high, with succulent grey foliage and berry-
like fruit. It is tolerant of drought, frost and
The berries themselves are coloured from
yellow to red and pink and are edible. Some
data has also shown that the ruby saltbush
leaves were even eaten by early white settlers
to prevent and-or cure scurvy.
The species can also be eaten by sheep in
drought conditions and the fruit is a valuable
food source for many native birds. The plants
themselves provide vital habitat for lizards,
ants and other native wildlife.
"Trees For Life and Foodland have decid-
ed to give everyone the chance to help our
environment by jointly developing these
kits," said Foodland's chief executive Russell
'We will have 20,000 available in our
stores and if every one sold results in one or
two plants being grown and planted out into
the South Australian environment, it would
make a huge difference to our environment."
Go green with National Tree Day kits now available in Riverland
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