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Worry over SW river salt

(1980) Worry over SW river salt. The West Australian, 18 September 1980. [Publication] [Special Collections]


The increased salinity of South West river systems is a major cost to the community, according to a report tabled in the State Parliament. The Western Australian Water Resources Council's annual report said that 34 per cent of the total divertible surface water resources of the South West had become undrinkable The river systems have a salt content of more than 1,000 milligrams per litre, in particular the Swan-Avon having more than 5,000 milligrams per litre. Increased salinity has been caused by the clearing of native vegetation mainly for agriculture, with the Warren, Kent, Denmark and Collie Rivers continuing to decline as a result. The report also noted that without the Government's clearing controls a further 15 to 20 per cent of the divertible surface water resources would become undrinkable.

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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 The West Australian
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57156
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