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Waranga western channel outlet

Looking along the channel from the outlet bridge.


Waranga Basin water storage was formed by building an embankment, completed in 1915, at one end of a natural basin. At the time of completion it was reputedly the largest project of its sort in the world. The capacity of the basin is 411,000 megalitres with 5848 hectares (58.5 square kilometres) of submerged land. The embankment runs for 7 kilometres with a maximum height of 12.2 metres.


Water is diverted from the Goulburn River at Goulburn Weir, via the Stuart Murray Canal and Cattanach Canal for off river storage in the basin to provide water for irrigation in several channels north and west across the floodplain of the Goulburn and Campaspe rivers. According to Wikipedia, Waranga Basin supplies water to the Central Goulburn Irrigation Area and Rochester Irrigation Area and as far as 180 kilometres to Pyramid Hill and Boort.

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Taken on August 18, 2012