Applies from Wed 28 Jul 2021, 12.56pm to Thu 30 Sep 2021, 12.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 28 Jul 2021, 1.06pm.
Safety alerts: Tantangara Dam downstream - Rising River alert Murrumbidgee River
The NSW Department of Primary, Industry and Environment manages environmental flow releases from Tantangara Dam into the Upper Murrumbidgee River to restore natural flows and to improve river health. The planned environmental releases aim to mimic naturally occurring flows, to promote productivity for aquatic food webs and encourage reproduction and movement of native animals including platypus, water bugs, frogs and native fish. The volume of water released into the river varies daily and in 2021 includes several high flow events of 1,000 megalitres per day or greater during winter and spring.
While in the vicinity of waterways in the Park please be mindful that rivers can rise very quickly, and the flow velocity increase, unexpectedly and without warning. The public is encouraged to stay away from watercourses where flows are high and banks might be unstable. Conditions in and along the river could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children and pets, etc. and are to be avoided.
If you are planning to visit the Tantangara area of northern Kosciuszko National Park there are a number of roads and walking tracks that are close to and/or cross the river, including the Bicentennial National Trail. Access to these walking tracks and trails maybe impacted during high flows. Before you visit the area, we encourage you to familiarise yourself with the daily planned environmental water releases. This information can be found on the Snowy Hydro website https://www.snowyhydro.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/TantWebDraft.pdf
For further information contact NPWS Tumut Office on 6947 7000