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Acidic water threatens Wheatbelt

(2008) Acidic water threatens Wheatbelt. The Countryman, 31 July 2008. p. 15 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

The biggest agricultural disaster since salinity is happening as acidic groundwater threatens to destroy fragile ecosystems, according to Adam Lillicrap from the Department of Agriculture and Food Albany. Installing deep drains on properties throughout the region to shift saline groundwater downstream, farmers had also brought naturally occurring acidity to the surface. The water which flowed out of lakes, was toxic to a range of aquatic biology, from insects to crustaceans, and also harmful to birds and other wildlife which fed on them. Mr Lillicrap said that under acidic conditions , potentially toxic metals such as aluminium and iron became soluble. Agriculture Minister, Kim Chance said a new system needed to be developed to find a balance between managing salinity and not damaging the environment.

This article contains an image of a person on the top of a dam with a herd of sheep nearby.

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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/58475
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