Mildura Weekly : Friday January 31 Vol 8 No 13
www.milduraweekly.com.au 8 Mildura Weekly – 31/01/14 MOST of the 21 lakes in Hat- tah-Kulkyne National Park have been inundated with wa- ter, some for the first time in 20 years, as part of a $32 mil- lion environmental watering project. The water, courtesy of a seven-pipe pumping station at Messenger’s Bend, continues to flow through the Chalka Creek system into 18 of the park’s lakes, although pump- ing stopped on January 14. The water was particularly welcome in Lake Bitterang, which according to Mallee Catchment Management Au- thority’s Living Murray co-or- dinator Nick Sheahan, hasn’t had water since 1993. “Even though pumping of environmental water has fin- ished, water is continuing to make its way through the sys- tem, with levels slowly rising in Lake Cantala,” Mr Sheahan said. “Once water levels have stabilised across the lakes sys- tem, water releases will begin from Messenger’s and Oatey’s regulators. It is anticipated that this will begin in the next fortnight.” Mr Sheahan said water would be released via Messen- ger’s Regulator into the Mur- ray River. A small amount of wa- ter would also be released through Oatey’s Regulator, providing water to Chalka Creek North as far as Raak Crossing, but would not con- nect to the river. “Monitoring of the water releases will be undertaken by Mallee CMA and Parks Victo- ria.” he said. “Some water will remain in the lakes, providing the ba- sis for a larger watering event planned for winter 2014. “This will top up the lakes, and also water surrounding floodplain, including areas of Black Box.” Mr Sheahan said the en- vironmental response to the environmental watering had been immediate and very pleasing, with a lot of new growth evident on Red Gum and Black Box trees. www.milduraweekly.com.au Hattah Lakes get a welcome ‘drink’ “Even though pumping of environmental water has finished, water is continuing to make its way through the system, with levels slowly rising in Lake Cantala.” - Mallee Catchment Management Authority Living Murray Co- ordinator, Mr Sheahan. • It’s been a while since water has flowed through Hattah- Kulkyne’s Chalka Creek, but the first of many planned environmental flows have brought it back to life. BOTTOM LEFT: View from the regulator at Messenger’s Bend. If you are travelling, staying or living within an area affected by an emergency, your mobile phone may be sent an emergency warning message. This enhanced Emergency Alert service is available across all phone networks, in addition to the existing service which sends warnings to landlines and mobile phones based on your telephone’s service address. Do not rely on receiving a warning message on your phone. You still need to prepare for an emergency and you shouldn’t wait to receive a warning before you act. For details visit www.emergencyalert.gov.au IN AN EMERGENCY, YOUR MOBILE PHONE MAY BE SENT A WARNING BASED ON YOUR LOCATION. The Triple Zero (000) service should only be used to contact Police, Fire or Ambulance in life threatening or emergency situations.
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