Opening allocations best since 2005


opening allocationsRecent rain has enabled GMW to open the season with the best opening allocations in five years.

Irrigators have been on the receiving end of the best seasonal water allocations for five years and  in even better news, this is the first time all northern Victorian water systems have had a non-zeroseasonal allocation since 2005-06.
The Goulburn system will start the season with a 26 per cent allocation, the Murray System 23 per cent, the Campaspe system 21 per cent and the Loddon system 26 per cent.
Goulburn-Murray Water resource manager for northern Victorian water systems Mark Bailey said extensive rainfall over wet catchments had produced the resource improvements needed for allocations.
Recent rain had filled Laanecoorie Reservoir to capacity and water was now spilling water into the Loddon River. Other storages, including Lake Nillahcootie, Lake Eppalock, and Cairn Curran and Tullaroop reservoirs, had also enjoyed some of the best inflows for several years. 
``The benefits of the recent rain will be felt for weeks to come as streams will continue to flow because of the wet catchments,' Dr Bailey said.
``There is water flowing in some creeks that have been dry for years. Its an encouraging sign, given we are yet to move into spring.'
Under an average rainfall scenario the Goulburn, Loddon and Campaspe systems could achieve 100 per cent allocation by  February and the Murray system a 100 per cent  by December.
Farmers have reason to smile with many hailing the strt of this season the best for 15 years.


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