Planning is underway to operate the Chowilla environmental regulator during late winter and spring 2018, in order to raise water levels in Chowilla Creek, to improve the ecological condition of this significant area.
The regulator will only be operated if appropriate flow conditions occur and approvals are met.
Given the ongoing dry conditions the current plan is to undertake a low level “in-channel rise” operation of the regulator. This will result in raised water levels within the creek banks and only limited inundation into low level flow paths and wetlands. Lock 6 will also be raised and the weirs on Pipeclay and Slaney Creeks operated to manage the flows into the Chowilla anabranch.
For more information: 2018 Chowilla Regulator Operation PDF