Snowy River

Did you know there are four dams along the Snowy River? See it for yourself.

The Snowy River begins its path on the slopes of Mount Kosciuszko in New South Wales. It originally had a huge flow during the spring snow-melt which flowed directly into the sea at Marlo Victoria. In the 1950s and 1960s as part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme a network of four dams (Guthega, Island Bend, Eucumebene and Jindabyne) and many smaller water diversion structures were built to collect and divert 99% (as measured at Jindabyne) of the Snowy River’s flow through the mountains to provide more water to the Murray and Murrumbidgee River agricultural basins for irrigation. Several hydro-electric power stations were also constructed to generate electricity. While there was initial public opposition to the diversion of the river’s water during the 1950s and 1960s, it was largely ignored as the scheme provided agriculture with more water and generated a large amount of jobs at the time.

Since corporatisation of the Snowy Hydro in 2002, the three shareholder governments have failed to deliver the legislated environmental flows to the Snowy River. It is imperative that these flows are met. Failure to do so ensures the death of the once mighty Snowy River.

Further information at: Snowy River Alliance

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