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Understanding the river, we may now save it

Honybun, R. (1984) Understanding the river, we may now save it. The Age, 23 January 1984. p. 6 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

Saving of the Murray feature discusses a subtle change is taking place in the prospects for the troubled Murray River system, one of the greatest natural resources of Australia. Scientists, engineers and farmers have developed a greater understanding of the river system in the past decade. Salinity control projects in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, have helped prevent much salt entering the river with improved farming techniques and a greater understanding means that there is some control over the salinity of the Murray. Work on a computer model of the river's salinity behaviour has nearly finished, with another model which measures the quantity of river flow will be used to judge how existing procedures can be used to control river salinity and to evaluate new proposals. Geoff Earl, design engineer with the Victorian State Rivers and Water Supply Commission, proposed in March 1982 the solution to the problem of salt drainage would be a pipeline to the sea carrying more than 447,000 megalitres a year, which would contain 7.8 million tonnes of salt.

This article contains an image showing Neville Peace and his son Stuart using a laser-controlled grader they built themselves.

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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 Elders Weekly
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58858
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