Esperance Downs Research Station - Salinity and water monitoring


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The Esperance Downs Research Station (EDRS) is located on the south coast of Western Australia approximately 30 kilometres to the north of the Esperance townsite (Figure 1).Salinity was recognised as a problem at EDRS within a few years of it being cleared duringthe early 1950's. In 1991, approximately 39 % of the station was estimated to be affected by secondary salinity (McFarlane and Ryder 1990). At a meeting held in February 1990 it was decided that EDRS would be used to demonstrate and research methods of obtaining production from areas affected by salinity and waterlogging and a rehabilitation plan was begun. Monitoring of the land resource base includes groundwater and surface water monitoring, and annual ground based electromagnetic conductivity surveys.

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