In 2008 the Ord Irrigation Expansion Project was approved by the Western Australian Government to develop irrigated agriculture on the Weaber Plain. By mid-2014 construction of almost all of the water supply, drainage, access, monitoring and other infrastructure for the 7400ha Goomig Farmlands development had substantially been completed. An important concern is the effect the Goomig Farmlands development may have on the water quality of the downstream lower Keep River aquatic environment, particularly as it relates to threatened species that inhabit or may inhabit the area. Possible increases in salinity, nutrients, suspended sediment, heavy metals and farm chemicals delivered in run-off are therefore of primary interest.
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Goomig Farmlands, Keep River, water quality
Bennett, D L, and George, R J. (2014), Goomig Farmlands development Baseline water quality in the lower Keep River. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Report 393.
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