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Lake Eildon assessment finds no viable options for flood mitigation

Lake Eildon assessment finds no viable options for flood mitigation

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Apr 15, 2024

THE Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA)’s technical assessment of Lake Eildon’s operating arrangements, conducted by Hydrology and Risk Consulting, has been released.

The aim of the assessment was to find ways of reducing downstream flooding, and particularly referenced the October 2022 flood event.

The technical assessment “does not identify any option at Lake Eildon which warrants further consideration.”

Six options were explored for their potential to improve protection for downstream communities.

The report states, “All options explored were found to be ineffective or unreliable as flood mitigation strategies, or created costs and impacts that outweigh the benefits of a change to how the storage is managed.”

It adds, “The assessment report highlights that tributaries that flow into the Goulburn River downstream of Lake Eildon have a more significant impact on flooding in communities downstream, including Molesworth and Seymour, than releases from the lake.”

The options assessed were:

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