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Dry spell turning the tide on salinity

(2008) Dry spell turning the tide on salinity. The Countryman, 4 September 2008. p. 22 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

Salinity is continuing to spread into Western Australia's agricultural areas, but the Department of Agriculture and Food has found it is being moderated by the dry period dating back to 2000. The Department of Agriculture spokesman, Richard George, said the department's regional hydrologists analysed groundwater trends in more than 1,300 bores in about 100 catchments across 19 million hectares and found that groundwater levels were generally rising from 1975 until 2000, but since then both the number of bores with rising trends and their rates of rise have decreased. Groundwater levels to the west and eastern south coast near Esperance are continuing to rise at a faster rate, particularly the more recently cleared areas. Dr George presented the results at the International Salinity Forum held in Adelaide.

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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: ©2008 The Countryman
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58471
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