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Salt level in dam rising, warns P.W.D

(1975) Salt level in dam rising, warns P.W.D. The West Australian, 14 March 1975. p. 3 [Publication] [Special Collections]


According to a Public Works Department report, the water from the Wellington Dam could become too saline for irrigation and risky for domestic use if clearing in the catchment continues.
Even if clearing was stopped now the salinity could continue to the point of severely damaging less salt-tolerant irrigation pastures, the report said.
Completed last October, the report is the latest in a series of studies the department has made of salinity in the past few years.
The report is the latest in the series of studies the Public Works Department has made of salinity during the past few years.
Twenty percent of the Wellington Dam catchment has been cleared, salinity has been rising since monitoring of the reservoir water began more than 30 years ago,
Aerial photographs of the catchment in1966 showed that 14.8 percent of the land was cleared.
Engineers generally agree that the full impact of the extensive clearing of the late 1960's has not yet been felt and higher salinity levels are inevitable.

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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: ©1975 The West Australian
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57983
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