Special Collections at Murdoch University

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Western Australia, Australia - 253

Western Australia, Australia - 253. [Photograph] [Special Collections]

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Looking south from the aircraft, the trees and vegetation alongside the river is just visible on the right of the photo. The problem is very obvious, the water coming from the catchment area of the south, is unable to find a pathway to the river. As the water builds-up on the valley floor it follows the least line of resistance, and moves along the valley floor almost parallel to the river.

The interceptor drain has only been in operation for 4 months. The drain is doing nothing for the land south of the drain. Other landowners will have to take care of their own areas.

If the drain was not in place and functioning, all the land north of the drain would be somewhat wetter then the area south of the drain. It will take up to 10 years to restore fertility to the soil again.

The drain will be lowering the level of the water in the soil on the south side of the drain by at least the depth of the drain, 50 centimetres. The drain is giving the soil north of the drain a chance to rebuild itself back to productivity.

This image is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Notes: 1 photograph : col. ; 21 x 28 cm.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/50170
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