Options for managing salinity in the Murray-Darling Basin under reduced rainfall

Adamson, David, Schrobback, Peggy and Quiggin, John (2008). Options for managing salinity in the Murray-Darling Basin under reduced rainfall. In: 2nd International Salinity Forum Salinity, Water and Society – Global issues, local action New approaches for tackling the salinisation of water resources. Includes irrigation, dryland and urban salinity, and salt water intrusion, Adelaide Convention Centre Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, (1-5). 31 March – 3 April 2008.


Author Adamson, David
Schrobback, Peggy
Quiggin, John
Title of paper Options for managing salinity in the Murray-Darling Basin under reduced rainfall
Conference name 2nd International Salinity Forum Salinity, Water and Society – Global issues, local action New approaches for tackling the salinisation of water resources. Includes irrigation, dryland and urban salinity, and salt water intrusion
Conference location Adelaide Convention Centre Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Conference dates 31 March – 3 April 2008
Publisher International Salinity Forum
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 5
Total pages 5
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) covers over 1 million km2 and is located in four states in eastern Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. The MDB produces over 40% of Australia’s total gross value of agricultural production, has over three quarters of the total irrigated land in Australia, utilises 70% of Australia’s irrigation water and supplies drinking water for Adelaide (ABS 2007). The management of water allocation and water quality in the MDB has been a major policy concern for state and federal governments. In 1992 the Murray-Darling Basin Commission (MDBC), replacing the earlier River Murray Commission was established to provide a mechanism for enacting the MDB Agreement. Part of the agreement is to ensure that the water quality at Adelaide is less than 800 EC, 95% of the time. Recently the MDB has experienced some of the lowest recorded rainfall in the last 100 years (MDBC 2007a), resulting in re-examination of administrative arrangements for the MDB and greater national focus in addressing the complex situation facing the communities in the MDB. The aim of this paper is to examine the implications for the basin and Adelaide’s potable water supply from an increased frequency of drought. A range of options for mitigating salinity under changed climatic conditions are considered.
Subjects 0501 Ecological Applications
0502 Environmental Science and Management
050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
050205 Environmental Management
050206 Environmental Monitoring
Keyword Murray-Darling Basin
MDB
Climate change
Salinity
Effects
Manage
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

 
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