NSW dam levels reach 100 per cent capacity in many regions

NSW dam levels reach 100 per cent capacity in many regions

A third consecutive La Nina settling in to the east coast of Australia will almost certainly bring more rain to dams already filled to the brim. More than half of regional NSW’s state-owned dams are at or above capacity, and authorities say they they have not been this full since the 1990s. 100 per cent not what it seems Reaching … Read more

Dartmouth Dam spills for the first time in 26 years, residents welcome visitor influx

Dartmouth Dam spills for the first time in 26 years, residents welcome visitor influx

Hundreds of visitors are continuing to flock to Dartmouth in north-eastern Victoria to see the town’s dam spill for the first time in 26 years. Key points: Dartmouth Dam spills for the first time since September 1996 Residents say the town is expecting 300 to 400 visitors a day, particularly on weekends Publican served a record number of meals … Read more

The fight to save Lake Pedder continues 50 years on from one of Tasmania’s greatest unsolved mysteries

The fight to save Lake Pedder continues 50 years on from one of Tasmania’s greatest unsolved mysteries

As an arts patron and piano teacher in her early 60s from one of Hobart’s wealthiest suburbs, Brenda Hean was an unlikely environmental activist. But the avid bushwalker was captivated by the distinctive pink quartzite beach at Lake Pedder in Tasmania’s south-west and was outraged by the Tasmanian government’s plans to flood it for hydro-electricity generation … Read more

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner calls for dam level review before summer wet season to manage flood risks

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner calls for dam level review before summer wet season to manage flood risks

A war of words has broken out between Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and the Queensland Water Minister Glenn Butcher over dam levels heading into what’s predicted to be another wet summer. Key points: Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has asked whether dam water releases should start ahead of summer rainfalls Queensland Water … Read more

Dartmouth locals rejoice at visitor boom as hundreds prepare to watch local dam spill

Dartmouth locals rejoice at visitor boom as hundreds prepare to watch local dam spill

Dartmouth locals say they are seeing hundreds of visitors at the moment as travellers flock to watch the local dam spill. Key points: Dartmouth Dam is nearing maximum capacity Locals report hundreds of visitors a day as people prepare to watch dam’s first spill in 26 years Murray Darling Basin Authority says it is watching for Bureau of Meteorology forecasts … Read more

‘Day Zero’: This city is counting down the days until its water taps run dry

‘Day Zero’: This city is counting down the days until its water taps run dry

CNN  —  Every day, Morris Malambile loads his wheelbarrow full of empty plastic containers and pushes it from his home to the nearest running tap. It’s much further than the usual walk to the kitchen sink — just a little under a mile away — but it’s not the distance that bothers him. It’s the … Read more

AP analysis finds growing number of poor, high-hazard dams

AP analysis finds growing number of poor, high-hazard dams

Constructed four generations ago, the massive rock and clay dam at El Capitan Reservoir is capable of storing over 36 billion gallons of water, enough to supply every resident in San Diego for most of a year. Today, it’s three-quarters empty, intentionally kept low because of concerns it could fail under the strain of too … Read more

Vegas water intake now visible at drought-stricken Lake Mead

Vegas water intake now visible at drought-stricken Lake Mead

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A massive drought-starved reservoir on the Colorado River has become so depleted that Las Vegas now is pumping water from deeper within Lake Mead where other states downstream don’t have access. The Southern Nevada Water Authority announced this week that its Low Lake Level Pumping Station is operational, and released photos … Read more