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Options for salinity mitigation in the Murray-Darling Basin

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  • Peggy Schrobback

    (Risk & Sustainable Management Group, School of Economics, University of Queensland)

  • David Adamson

    (Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland)

  • John Quiggin

    (Risk & Sustainable Management Group, School of Economics, 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.

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  • Peggy Schrobback & David Adamson & John Quiggin, 2008. "Options for salinity mitigation in the Murray-Darling Basin," Murray-Darling Program Working Papers WP1M08, Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland.
  • Handle: RePEc:rsm:murray:m08_1
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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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    1. Sarah Chambers & David Adamson, 2009. "Targeting Environmental Water from Irrigators in the Murray Darling Basin," Murray-Darling Program Working Papers WP1M09, Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland, revised Jul 2010.

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    Keywords

    salinity; drought; water;
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    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water

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