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Contour banks used in fight against salt

Lawson, J. (1970) Contour banks used in fight against salt. The Countryman, 14 May 1970. pp. 36-37 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Two-page article explains how Brookton farmer, Harry Whittington has carefully sited and designed contour banks to beat a salt problem.
The banks are deeper than usual because they go down to the subsoil where clay subsoil has been pushed up to make a better seal.
The purpose of the banks is to trap the seepage which normally travels down hill slopes to accumulate in underground basins at the bottom.
Mr. Whittington says that sub-surface flow is the basic cause of most of our salt problems.
Mr. Whittington believes that on most farms the water level in the valley basins builds up only to the underground 'lip' of the basin, then seeps farther down the valley.

This article contains four photographs, one image of Harry Whittington crouching to examine run-off water accumulating in one of the contour ditches; one image of John Whittington standing in a reserve of swamp sheoak saplings; one image of Harry Whittington crouching in a paddock; one image of clover debris outside a farm fence.
Photographer is Jon Watts.

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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: ©1970 The Countryman
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58218
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