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Options for salinity mitigation in the Murray-Darling Basin

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  • Schrobback, Peggy
  • Adamson, David
  • Quiggin, John

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.

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Paper provided by University of Queensland, School of Economics in its series Risk and Sustainable Management Group Working Papers with number 149872.

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Date of creation: Sep 2008
Handle: RePEc:ags:uqsers:149872
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  1. Adamson, David & Mallawaarachchi, Thilak & Quiggin, John, 2004. "Modelling basin level allocation of water in the Murray Darling Basin in a world of uncertainty," Risk and Sustainable Management Group Working Papers 149844, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
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