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Assessing the risk of salinity from water affecting activities on Kangaroo Island

The potential for the development of salt land is a limitation to sustainable land use on Kangaroo Island. Small saline patches and salt lagoons have existed naturally in some districts, but the spread of saline seepage associated with agricultural development and rising water tables continues to have a detrimental impact on both productive farmland and the natural environment.

The Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Plan, states that ‘water affecting activities must not cause or exacerbate unnatural waterlogging, dryland salinity or rising water tables’. The proposed assessment tool can be used by landholders to undertake a level of self-assessment before formally applying to the KI NRM Board.

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