It is the clearing of native vegetation and replacement with lower water-use annual crops and pastures that is responsible for the developing salinity problem. Traditional farming practices have led to increased recharge to the groundwater systems resulting in increased storage and/or greater areas or rates of discharge. Groundwater monitoring has revealed variable rates of rise throughout the Fence Road catchment, from static to 0.6 metres per year, in a period of average to below average rainfall.
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Saline water, Fence Road Catchment (WA), Groundwater, Salinity, Western Australia, Dumbleyung (WA Shire), Groundwater recharge, Blackwood River Catchment (WA)
Whitfield, B. (1999), Salinity and hydrology of the Fence Road Catchment : a focus catchment of the Blackwood basin. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Report 189.
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