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Boost salt studies : scientist

Grylls, R. (1984) Boost salt studies : scientist. Western Farmer and Grazier, 12 July 1984. p. 7 [Publication] [Special Collections]


A report has been released by the Northern Great Plains Research Centre supervisory agricultural engineer, Eugene (Red) Doering who spent two weeks in the wheatbelt studying the problem of waterlogging and soil salinity. The report makes valuable conclusions on salinity and waterlogging in Western Australia, WISALTS president Lex Hardie of Narrogin says that it will be useful in lobbying government and agricultural companies to fund research into the problem. WISALTS interceptor banks are designed to control surface and sub-surface lateral water flow on the upper hill slopes but the effectiveness of the banks is yet to be quantified in scientific measurement. WISALTS has planned a seven-year research project west of Mount Barker where the physical, chemical and biological effects of the interceptor banks will be determined. The Agriculture Department has denied the importance of the interceptor banks claiming the upward vertical movement of the water table is the biggest cause of salinity. Mr Doering says that despite the basic disagreements, WISALTS banks have a place in the department's system as they increase the potential for water utilisation where it falls. Soil Conservation Commissioner, Graeme Robertson said the WISALTS banks are successful in the control of waterlogging, but do not prove useful with salt encroachment.

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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: ©1984 Western Farmer and Grazier
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58614
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