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Roaded catchments help beat drought

(1976) Roaded catchments help beat drought. The Countryman, 11 November 1976. pp. 22-23 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Two-page article explains that roaded catchments can provide enough water for farms for summer months in low rainfall areas or after exceptionally dry winters.
Department of Agriculture, publications division officer, Mr. Eric Lawson said farmers had been reluctant to adopt roaded catchments even in dry years when run-off from natural catchments were almost non-existent.
A roaded catchment was simple to build and far less costly than dams or carting water.
Soil advisers from the Department of Agriculture select sites for roaded catchments, with the site picked being on the slope above the dam and on soils with easily compacted clay just below the surface.
A roaded catchment is a series of roads with steeply sloping sides, placed side by side.
An experimental catchment built of Kevin Thompson's Kondinin property indicates the effectiveness of the roaded catchment.
Department of Agriculture soil conservation adviser, Mr. Jim Frith said that dams without roaded catchments had to be made big to cope with low run-off years.

This article contains four photographs, one of the roaded catchment on Kevin Thompson's property; one view of a roaded catchment on Geoff Lindsay's Calingiri property; one photograph of Jim Frith standing in one of the channels on Kevin Thompson's property; one image of a heavy roller used to compact the clay for the roaded catchment.

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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 Countryman
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58191
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