Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Steve Porritt


Watersheds, Watershed management, Land use planning, Western Australia, Kent River Catchment (W.A.)

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Dry/and salinity is a major threat to the resource base of many rural industries around Australia. More than 1.8 million hectares of once productive land are affected by salinity, with a further 1.6 million hectares at risk in the next 15 to 25 years in Western Australia alone. Much of the past Commonwealth and State expenditure on salinity programs and activities has been poorly targeted and coordinated. In view of this, a national dry/and salinity program that supports specific State salinity management programs has been established jointly between the Commonwealth and State government agencies.

The Upper Kent River Catchment is one of five national focus catchments in the National Dry/and Salinity Research Development and Extension Program being sponsored by the Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation, Murray Darling Basin Commission and the National Landcare Program. Steve Porritt, Project Manager for the Kent River focus catchment, reports on progress to date.