Soil salinity

Dryland salinity is a major form of land degradation. More than one million hectares of broadacre farmland in Western Australia is estimated to be currently affected by dryland salinity. The department can provide the technical information needed to assist landholders and the community to diagnose the extent and effect of salinity along with mitigation strategies. Through activities such as groundwater and soil analysis, landholders can confidently assess salinity risks and implement appropriate management responses.

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  • The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) completed a major analysis of groundwater trends in the agricultural areas of south-west Western Australia in 2014.

  • More than 1 million hectares of land in the south-west of Western Australia is severely affected by dryland salinity.

  • Members of the public can lodge a complaint about observed land management with the Commissioner of Soil and Land Conservation in Western Australia, and the Commissioner will then investigate the c

  • Dryland salinity is one of the greatest environmental threats facing Western Australia's agricultural land, water, biodiversity and infrastructure.

  • Salt is a natural component of land, water and ecological systems in Western Australia. Large areas of naturally saline land (primary salinity) were present before European settlement.