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Letter to the editor - Battling salinity

Richards, L. (1980) Letter to the editor - Battling salinity. National Farmer, 27 November 1980. [Publication] [Special Collections]


Letter to the editor by Lloyd Richards, Quairading.

Discusses Harry Whittington and his claims that salt appearing on land is not due to a rising water table caused by water coming up under pressure from the deep underground system, but that it is brought about by a sub-surface seepage from the upper region. To prevent the spreading salt and to reclaim land Mr Whittington uses interceptor banks to cut off the surface and subsurface throughflow with very good results. A group of farmers formed WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Salt Affected Land Treatment Society) in Quairading 2.5 years ago and now has 900 members and over 40 branches in Western Australia. Hundreds of miles of interceptor banks have been installed on farms from Binnu to Esperance and schools are being held to train people to plan and construct the system.

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

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1980 National Farmer
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57138
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