Rising dam levels along the Murrumbidgee River has given irrigators hope for a strong upcoming season after challenging drought conditions.
The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s water allocation statement has forecast a 100 per cent allocation for general security irrigators with an average carryover of 18 per cent.
Blowering Dam was 76.8 per cent full this week at just under 1260 gigalitres, a significantly higher level than in April 2019 when it was about 700 gigalitres.
Burrinjuck Dam was 86.9 per cent full at 893 gigalitres compared to less than 400 gigalitres in April 2019.
Murrumbidgee Irrigation chief executive Brett Jones said there was an air of optimism around MIA irrigators following the recent rainfall in…