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Salinity committee reports questionnaire findings

(1976) Salinity committee reports questionnaire findings. The Islander, 23 June 1976. [Publication] [Special Collections]


Double-page article discusses the Kangaroo Island Salinity Investigation Committee being formed in April 1975 to study the problem of dryland salinity on Kangaroo Island.
The article explains dryland salinity definition and the accumulation of excess salts in non-irrigated land that makes formerly productive land useless.
The initial meeting of the committee decided that the prime objective was to assess the extent to which the land owners on the island considered their land affected by salt.
A list of land owners, using council records and the electoral roll, and a questionnaire was compiled and sent out.
There were 370 questionnaires sent out with 63 percent, some 236 returned.
The returned questionnaires were analysed with 61 percent of all respondents stating that they had a salt problem.
A range of questions were given to determine the distribution, rate of spread of salt patches, age of salt affected areas, with the results providing impetus for further research and greater efforts at controlling the problem.

This article contains six tables and a drawn figure of Kangaroo Island properties affected by salinity.

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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: ©1976 The Islander
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58123
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