Sydenham Inlet

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The EGCMA has been monitoring the levels of the Sydenham Inlet following the recent rainfall in the catchment.  We are pleased that the estuary opened naturally on Wednesday 9 March 2022..

Water levels can be monitored by referring to the gauge mounted on the jetty at Bemm River.

Pattern of closures

Sydenham Inlet is a large open shallow body of water with a short, narrow channel to the ocean. Once closed, the estuary rarely opens naturally.

Location of flooding

Flooding occurs on roads, wharves and boat ramps.

Level required for a successful opening

The entrance opening level has been set historically at a point where inundation of farmland protected by levees is reached.  This level is 1.65m. These levels can be determined by viewing the gauge at the boat ramp.

Responsibility for an opening

Parks Victoria coordinates the works component of the opening which is approved by East Gippsland CMA.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of country throughout East Gippsland and pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders past, present and future.