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Tapping the Murray

Barrow, G. (1980) Tapping the Murray. Western Farmer and Grazier, 21 February 1980. [Publication] [Special Collections]


The Metropolitan Water Board is considering plans to harness the Murray River to increase Perth's water supplies. Plans involve construction of a dam across the Murray in the vicinity of Hughes Bridge, with a reafforestation programme in the catchment area to combat salinity. The advantages of this scheme include, the capacity of the Metropolitan Water Board supply will be doubled, the supply is close to Perth and the Murray is the cheapest untapped source of water for Perth. On current expectations it is unlikely that any dam would be constructed within 20-25 years and reafforestation would be required to lower salinity levels well before dam construction commenced.

This article contains a map of the proposed dam site and surrounding areas.

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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 Western Farmer and Grazier
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57164
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