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Options for salinity mitigation in the Murray-Darling Basin

Peggy Schrobback, David Adamson () and John Quiggin ()

No WP1M08, Murray-Darling Program Working Papers from Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland

Abstract: The Murray-Darling Basin faces increasing pressure on water quantity and quality. In 2006-07, salt interception schemes implemented as part of the Murray–Darling Basin Salinity Management strategy removed over 470,000 tonnes of salt from the water supply, reducing the salinity of water flowing to Adelaide by about 200 EC units. However, the costs of salinity mitigation schemes are increasing. With possible continuing declines in average inflows, costs of salinity and salinity mitigation are expected to increase even further in the future. In this paper, a state-contingent model of land and water allocation is used to compare alternative options for salinity mitigation.

Keywords: salinity; drought; water (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D81 Q25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008-09
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