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The Reservoir

Spectacular discharge

A wider view

10th November - an auspicious day

Arrived in Albury the 7th in very wet conditions. Lucky we have a drive through site and we could set up during dry times. Spending a week here so we can do some exploring.

First trip, to checkout the Hume Reservoir.

Hume Dam is located immediately downstream of the Murray River and Mitta Mitta River confluence, 16 kilometres east of Albury-Wodonga. The dam is 305 km from the mountain source and 2,225 km from the Murray mouth at Goolwa.

The construction of the Hume Dam commenced on 28 November 1919 and was completed in 1936. The construction site was initially referred to as ‘the Mitta Mitta Dam site', but in February 1920 the River Murray Commission adopted the name ‘Hume Reservoir' to honour Hamilton Hume, who was one of the first Europeans to see and cross the River Murray.

Hume Dam is the major operating storage of the River Murray system. The storage regulates the River Murray, and re-regulates water discharged from the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme.

The Hume Dam is undergoing construction work at the moment,strengthening the dam walls to improve the dam’s capacity to handle extreme floods and earthquakes.

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