The East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (EGCMA) advises that the Mallacoota estuary was artificially opened on Tuesday 21 July 2020.
Recent rainfall had filled Mallacoota Inlet to around 1.2m. The EGCMA undertook water quality monitoring over the weekend, with no concerns of dissolved oxygen levels in the estuary to the lead up to the opening.
The estuary was high enough to attempt an opening, with favourable weather and tide conditions. Parks Victoria worked with contractors to open the entrance. The lake levels are now subsiding.
EGCMA CEO Graeme Dear said “We would like to thank the local landholders and community of Mallacoota for working with us in the lead up to, and during the estuary opening. We will continue to monitor water levels and stream flows into the estuary and provide further advice if the entrance closes again.”