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Setback seen in salinity report

Zekulich, M. (1979) Setback seen in salinity report. The West Australian, 25 June 1979. p. 32 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Supporters of a Brookton farmer, Mr. H.S. Whittington have been dealt a blow with the Public Works Department's progress report on the first year of a stream salinity-control trial in the Wellington catchment.
The trial is being conducted at Batalling Creek, a tributary of the Collie River,
The report said that it appears long-term solutions to the stream salinity in the South-West should be concentrated on controlling the discharge from deep saline ground water, with less than 10 per cent of the salts discharged coming from the shallow subsurface soils.
The report said it was unlikely that the interception and diversion of shallow subsurface water would cause a reduction in stream salinity, but also stressed that the trial had been running for only one year,
Mr. Whittington has been the centre of controversy over salt-land reclamation in Western Australia.
Mr. Whittington argues that salt is washed into susceptible valleys in surface and subsurface water, with the Agriculture Department claiming the water comes from depth and is pushed up by pressure.
Representations were made to the Minister for Works and Water Supplies, Mr. MacKinnon and argued that the Whittington interceptor banks could be used to effectively control stream salinity in the Wellington Dam catchment.
The site was chosen where the removal of native vegetation had caused a salinity problem with the interceptor banks being installed in January 1978 under the direction of Mr. Whittington.
The report outcome did not surprise Mr. Whittington and he said that the trial will require a minimum of five years before worthwhile data can be considered.

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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: ©1979 The West Australian
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57333
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