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Investigating lake/groundwater interactions at Lake Tutchewop

Salinity is an on-going environmental concern that causes damage to agricultural land, downstream water users, aquatic ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as to regional and urban infrastructure. One strategy to manage increasing salinity in the Murray Darling Basin is the construction of 13 major salt interception schemes that divert 550,000 tonnes of salt away from the Murray River each year. The Barr Creek Drainage Disposal Scheme is one of these schemes diverting saline water into (more)...

Economic assessment of selected investments of the National Program for Sustainable Irrigation (Phase1)

return on investment report

The National Program for Sustainable Irrigation (NPSI) required cost-benefit analyses to be undertaken on a number of its research investments from Phase 1 of the Program. Phase 1 of NPSI ran from July 2002 to June 2007. Eleven investments from Phase 1 were identified by NPSI as having potential for analysis, and these 11 investments were scanned by Agtrans using six criteria to further determine their suitability (more)...

Irrigation Update Volume 9

Irrigation and the Rootzone

In this issue:

  • Investigating the Salt of the Earth
  • Digging deep and the quest for super soils
  • Linking irrigator experience with measured data
  • NPSI News

Irrigation in Australia - 2008

Facts and figures

Facts and figures about irrigation in Australia.

Vital Role for Australian Irrigation - 2008

Discusses irrigation in Australia in the context of global food security, decreasing water resources and the contribution of research and development to innovation.

Irrigation Innovation in a Changing Climate Workshop Report

The aim of the workshop was to kick off a process to develop a ten-year irrigation innovation strategy.

The workshop, held in Canberra on 16 September 2008, attracted about 100 participants from a broad cross-section of the irrigation industry. It included people from urban water organisations, garden irrigation supply companies, irrigators, policy makers, researchers, manufacturers and rural water supply organisations.

Irrigation innovation in a changing climate

Workshop report

Irrigation Australia Limited (IAL), the National Program for Sustainable Irrigation (NPSI) and the Cooperative Research Centre for Irrigation Futures (CRCIF) see the need for a paradigm shift in irrigation innovation. This need has been highlighted further by the climatic conditions of the early 21st Century, but it has been evident for some time. Such a shift would enable the irrigation industry to improve its (more)...

Coordinating Deep Drainage Research in the Northern Darling Basin

Final Report

A key issue identified by the research community working with the cotton industry was the lack of understanding and acceptance of the concept of deep drainage. Deep drainage is defined as the part of the water (applied to the surface and as rainfall or irrigation) that moves past the rootzone. In general the existing paradigm was “cotton soils don’t leak”. However, the research community related to the Australian Cotton CRC ( (more)...

Irrigation Futures of the Goulburn Broken catchment

Summary Fact Sheet June 2007

The world is changing. Climate, trade policies, governments, economic conditions and community preferences all change, often unpredictably. How will these changes affect irrigated agriculture in the Goulburn Broken catchment over the next 20 to 30 years? In the face of this uncertainty, how do we plan for a thriving economy, vital communities and a healthy environment in future decades?

Business futures

Final Report 10

The Goulburn Broken Catchment is known as the food bowl of Australia. It covers 2.4 million hectares and has a population of around 200,000 people (Department of Sustainability and Environment 2005). Irrigated agriculture is a major business engine in the Goulburn Broken region, producing more than $1.2 billion at the farm gate in 2001-2002 from about 280,000 hectares of irrigated agricultural land. Investment in on-farm and processing infrastructure is about A$100 million per annum (Michael Young and (more)...