Improved forecasting of river flows in New South Wales

Water management and agricultural planning in New South Wales is set to receive a significant boost with 33 new seasonal streamflow forecasting sites coming online.
Monitoring these sites allows the Bureau of Meteorology to forecast likely streamflow volumes for the coming three months.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the new sites would have clear benefits for the water market in Australia’s east.
“This will give New South Wales farmers more reliable information about how much water they’ll be able to take in the upcoming months so they can make sound business decisions,” Minister Littleproud said.
“This will help to reduce rural business risks and that’s extremely valuable for farmers who need to manage their resources carefully to turn a profit.
“The forecasts will help determine water allocations, cropping strategies, water market planning, environmental watering and drought management plans.
“The expansion of this forecasting service will see an increase in seasonal streamflow forecasting of almost 20 per cent across Australia.
“The Snowy and Hastings rivers are just some of those receiving forecasts of natural flows for the first time.
“These locations were chosen after talking with water users and the Basin states about the water information they need.
“The seasonal streamflow forecasts is just part of a suite of weather services for farmers which includes the weather bureau’s rainfall and temperature outlooks, 7-day streamflow forecasts and flood forecasting services.”
List of new sites
Name Division Region
Billabong Creek at Walbundrie Murray-Darling Basin Billabong-Yanco creeks
Billabong Creek at Aberfeldy Murray-Darling Basin Billabong-Yanco creeks
Macintyre River at Wallangra Murray-Darling Basin Border rivers
Castlereagh River at Hidden Valley Murray-Darling Basin Castlereagh River
Myall Ck at Molroy Murray-Darling Basin Gwydir
Flyers Creek at Beneree Murray-Darling Basin Lachlan
Lachlan River at Narrawa Murray-Darling Basin Lachlan
Murrumbidgee River at Mittagang Crossing Murray-Darling Basin Murrumbidgee River
Numeralla River at Numeralla School Murray-Darling Basin Murrumbidgee River
Yass River at Yass Murray-Darling Basin Murrumbidgee River
Butmaroo Creek at Butmaroo Murray-Darling Basin Murrumbidgee River
Macdonald River at Woolbrook Murray-Darling Basin Namoi River
Bemboka River at Morans Crossing South East Coast (NSW) Bega River
Clarence River at Tabulam South East Coast (NSW) Clarence River
Timbarra River at Drake South East Coast (NSW) Clarence River
Hastings River at Ellenborough (Kindee Bridge) South East Coast (NSW) Hastings River
Kialla Creek at Pomeroy South East Coast (NSW) Hawkesbury River
Goulburn R at Sandy Hollow South East Coast (NSW) Hunter
Hunter River at Moonam Dam Site South East Coast (NSW) Hunter
Allyn River at Halton South East Coast (NSW) Hunter
Karuah River at Booral South East Coast (NSW) Karuah
Tia River at Tia South East Coast (NSW) Macleay River
Styx River at Jeogla South East Coast (NSW) Macleay River
Ourimbah Creek at U/S Weir South East Coast (NSW) Macquarie-Tuggerah lakes
Barnard River at Mackay South East Coast (NSW) Manning
Myall River at Jacky Barkers South East Coast (NSW) Manning
Manning River at Killawarra South East Coast (NSW) Manning River
Myrtle Ck at Rappville South East Coast (NSW) Richmond River
Towamba River at Towamba South East Coast (NSW) Towamba River
Tuross River at Eurobodalla South East Coast (NSW) Tuross River
Maclaughlin River at The Hut South East Coast (Vic)* Snowy River
Little Plains River at Wellesley (Rowes) South East Coast (Vic)* Snowy River
Wullwye Ck at Woolway South East Coast (Vic)* Snowy River

* the river region is in South East Coast (Vic) drainage division, but the forecast locations are in NSW


Original article published in Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources​ Media release, 14 June 2018 (link)