The Snowy River at Jindabyne – Photo of the day
The Snowy River at Jindabyne: once a mighty river
When this photo was taken over 100 years ago, the meltwaters of the NSW snowfields still flowed east to the coast via the Snowy River. In the 1950s the river was turned west to irrigate food-growing areas inland. As a bonus, the flowing water generated electricity. The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme was one of Australia’s greatest engineering triumphs but it was a disaster for ecosystems and people living on the river east of Jindabyne.
When the river was dammed, it became a weed-infested trickle. Protests raged for years, leading to a plan in 2001 to return 27% of the river’s original flow.
Photograph by Charles Kerry Studio
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Post by Sandra McEwen, Principal Curator
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