Murray Mouth dredging operation reaches five-year milestone

A dredge at the Murray Mouth. Photo: File.
A dredge at the Murray Mouth. Photo: File.

Five years have now passed since dredges began operating at the Murray Mouth to keep the river connected to the sea.

Since January 9, 2015, almost 5.2 million cubic metres of sand has been removed from the mouth of the River Murray.

At present, two dredges are operating between the Goolwa and Tauwitchere channels 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mariners should continue to use caution when travelling through the area, and a small section of the Coorong National Park remains closed.

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan, which became law in 2012, set the goal that the Murray Mouth should remain open without the need for dredging 95 per cent of the time.

However, that goal will only be pursued if an extra 450 gigalitres of water is recovered for the environment, an action contested by interstate governments.