BoM rain data for Wellington Dam catchment – a valuable large dam that should be more utilized

Here is a map of all rain stations in the Wellington Dam catchment – marked by the green line. You can make your own map at CDO
Once you have the map scaled to where you want – if you left click on the station dots, a link to the daily data pops up.
Wellington Dam was built by the Commonwealth in 1933 and enlarged in 1956 – it has the largest catchment in the South West and the second largest in Western Australia at ~2,500 square kms (after Ord River Dam) – and is fed by the Collie River. Combined Perth water supply catchments are ~3,500 squ kms.

The rain data I obtained from the above map is summed up here.

Wellington Dam has salinity problems due to over clearing and the water is little utilized by anybody now – Harvey irrigators have at times used some of the water and I have asked for the time series of that usage and it has not been emailed to me. Over a decade ago the Agritech consortium developed a proposal to desalinate the saline (~3,000ppm solids) wastewater from the dam and supply this to the Perth water supply. Various Govt water Depts and quangos have fought this proposal tooth and nail for years with the tenacity of a starving rottweiler defending a leg of beef. Alternative Govt proposals have been floated over a decade to utilize Wellington Dam water but nothing has come to fruition that I am aware of. Wellington Dam has overflowed in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014 – which should be embarrassing for the dog-in-the-manger WA Govt as much of this potentially useful water goes to waste. The Ancient Romans were better water managers than the WA Govt.

West Australian Govt Water Corporation fails to record March 2016 rain at several dams

March 2016 rainfall has been checked for a group of sixteen BoM stations listed below and the nine rain stations of Water Corporation from their dam sites. Five of the nine dam sites of Water Corporation registered zero or negligible rain for March. This is obviously in error and is amazingly negligent for an organization that has been preaching about “our drying climate”, bleating on how stream flows have near stopped, while neglecting to manage catchments for over a decade. Several BoM sites are slow to record daily data. The several sites where the same names are used by BoM and WA Govt seem to be different stations.

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How secure will the South Australian electricity grid be when coal shuts down next month?

Media reports say Alinta will close their coal fired generation at Port Augusta in May 2016. SMH and ABC – Last month I blogged – Will South Australia walk the talk and close their coal fired electricity generation? Since then I have obtained 12 months of daily South Australia electricity data and on Adelaide hot summer days when wind is not stellar it looks difficult to meet demand without coal. NemWatch

Large version chart -I am looking for a period of 5 minute data to check this further. Thanks to Peter Bobroff from the grid.publicknowledge.com.au site for these data.

Urban water policy 2006 – how have we gone so stupidly far up the cost curve?

Came across this neat chart from Nov 2006 –

look at all the expensive options policy makers have wasted and are wasting our tax dollars on. While in the case of Perth (Australian bellwether city for water policy) ignoring the standout cheapest option.
Another very cheap option could be included –
trimming back on pointless unnecessary “environmental flows”.
When you vote in two months time – why not try and vote for sensible water policies. You use water every day.

Tasmanian Government fined $54K by ACCC for false advertising renewable energy

About time somebody got pinged considering claims made by renewable energy advocates over more than a decade. At a time when Hydro is saddled with the Basslink failure – I bet behind scenes unprintable.
Momentum Energy ads falsely claimed power generated ‘from thin air and fresh water’, ACCC rules
Check the brilliant little NemWatch to see in real-time how much renewable energy is being generated State by coal burning State
Here is the ACCC media –
Momentum Energy pays penalties of $54,000 in relation to renewable energy advertising 21 Apr 2016

Primarily exposing faulty methodologies behind global temperature trend compilations