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WA wheatbelt holds big potential in water conservation

Frith, J. (1984) WA wheatbelt holds big potential in water conservation. Farm, February 1984. pp. 88-89 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Unreliable water supplies have plagued the Western Australian wheatbelt farms since settlement. The Western Australian Department of Agriculture's water conservation officers have developed a computer model called DAMCAT, which simulates a flock of sheep drinking from a dam equipped with a roaded catchment over a period of 50 to 70 years. DAMCAT can be used to determine how big a dam and how much catchment would have been needed to water the sheep continuously over the period of rainfalls. Farmers have to consider for stock, evaporation factors and level of dissolved salts in water.

This article contains two images: an aerial view of a catchment and dam in the south-east wheatbelt; and someone looking at a theodolite.

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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 Farm
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58838
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