The Snowy Mountains hydro-electric scheme (the Snowy scheme) captures water from the rivers and streams of the Snowy Mountains, much of which originally flowed to the Snowy River, and diverts it inland to the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers for the purposes of irrigation and electricity generation. Environmental water is released from the scheme into the Snowy, Upper Murrumbidgee and smaller mountain rivers.
The department is responsible for facilitating and regulating Snowy Hydro Limited’s operations in line with the Snowy Water Inquiry Outcomes Deed 2002 and the Snowy Water Licence.
Information about the legislative context and governance arrangements relating to the Snowy scheme.
Information about the Snowy Water Licence, which defines Snowy Hydro’s rights and obligations in relation to water in the Snowy scheme.
Environmental water releases into the Snowy, Murray, Upper Murrumbidgee and Montane Rivers.