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Hume Dam is the main regulating water storage on the River Murray System and supplies irrigation water and hydro-electric power. It is immediately downstream of the confluence of the River Murray and Mitta Mitta River, about 16 kilometres east of Albury-Wodonga. The dam is 305 km from the mountain source and 2,225 km from the Murray mouth at Goolwa.

Lake Hume has a catchment area of some 15,300 square km. Approximately 80 per cent of the catchment is forested and 20 per cent cleared for agriculture. The Lake Hume catchment covers less than 1.5 per cent of the total area of the Murray-Darling Basin but contributes 37 per cent of the total inflow to the Murray River in an average year.

Hume Dam was constructed between 1919 and 1936, and was enlarged in the 1960s to its current capacity.

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