This is Hume Dam which is located on the Murray River upstream of Albury straddling the NSW and Victorian borders. Our irrigation district is supplied from water flowing out of Hume Dam.
The original dam was started in 1919 and took 17 years to build. When finished in 1936 Hume Dam was the biggest in the southern hemisphere and one of the largest in the world. It was built to capture the winter and spring rainfall from the Australian Alps and releasing it to regulate the flow of the Murray River for better navigation for the steamboats, irrigation, flood and drought control.
Today it is at 97% capacity and holding 2,896 gigalitres of water. Releases have started to mitigate the risk of flooding downstream as more rain is forecast this coming week. Today 45,000 megalitres is being released into the Murray River causing minor flooding downstream, including at Tocumwal some 320kms (201 river miles) downstream.
It is quite a number of years since the dam has been at full capacity and was well worth the drive to see.