What’s Being Done
Vulnerabilities and Management Responses
There are a number of activities being undertaken at State and local level to reduce the vulnerability of our water resources now and into the future. These are outlined below.
Land use planning currently considers the location of potentially contaminating uses in proximity to sensitive environments. Where contaminated sites exist, they should be managed in accordance with the Contaminated Sites Act 2003.
Fertiliser should be applied according to soil type, as sandy soils are conducive to leaching which is a considerable problem in the Gingin horticultural area. Revegetation projects along waterways can assist by taking up nutrients. Nutrient load caused by livestock may be prevented where rivers are fenced.
Foreshore assessments have been developed for the Chapman, Greenough and Hutt Rivers and is being developed for the Hill River. These plans make management recommendations for restoration of these rivers.
Consistent with State Planning Policy 2.9: Water Resources, new development must consider impacts on and from water resources including flooding. Where climate variability is leading to increased storm intensities, some work may need to be undertaken to assess townsite flood risks and undertake mitigation and/or adaptation strategies to address the risk.
The DoW is also working through a program of water reform to improve the suite of tools needed to manage the state’s water resources into the future. The DoW have also developed a number of allocation plans, that provide information of the various groundwater areas and management strategies that are in place.
Technical support for salinity management techniques is provided through the Department of Water’s Engineering Evaluation Initiative and the Department of Agriculture and Food.