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Australia has undertaken a strategic review of current and historical deep drainage projects. A 'rapid appraisal' methodology was utilised, based principally on existing hydrological investigations and interpretation and anecdotal evidence provided by landholders to clarify the role of drainage in managing water in dry land rural landscapes.
The objectives of this discussion paper are to:
1. Review the current status of groundwater drainage practice
2. Provide an assessment of deep drains in the landscape and
3. Propose recommendations on the development of drainage policy to enable the application of best management practice in groundwater drainage.
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Groundwater, drainage, salinity, Saline Water, Wheatbelt Region (WA), Western Australia
Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering
Coles, N A, George, R J, and Bathgate, A D. (1999), An assessment of the efficacy of deep drains constructed in the wheatbelt of Western Australia Part 1 A discussion on drainage implmentation in the wheatbelt : a case study review, summary, conclusions and recommendations. Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia, Perth. Bulletin 4391.
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