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Barwon-Darling full of surprises


The WaterNSW water monitoring team – Brian Kneipp, Peter Kellett (Team Leader), Andrew Brissett, Simon Morse, Tony Sim at the Billabong of Polygonum Swamp, Bourke last week, about to take their Acoustic Doppler current profiler into the water to measure flood levels and volumes. Photo TWH

The 2022 flood event along the Barwon-Darling River is in the ‘top three’ in living memory, according to water monitoring experts, who say the behaviour of the Barwon-Darling River this year has been full of surprises.

Peter Kellett is from WaterNSW’s water monitoring team, based in Moree, and is in Bourke with his team, to measure the different stages of the river until it peaks, and then get flow measurements as it starts to recede.

“We are measuring the different heights right along the Barwon-Darling and confirming what our rating tables are saying,” Mr Kellett said.

The ratings tables are an accurate measure of the daily flow past each river gauge based on the gauge height in metres.

“We’re collecting valuable information as this is a big event, in the top three since the early 1900’s.


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