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Water Resources of the Victoria River District



Water Resources of the Victoria River District


Tickell, S. J. (Steven); Rajaratnam, L. R. (Lakshman)

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Northern Territory. Department of Lands, Planning and Enviroment. Water Resources Division


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Report no. 11/1998




Victoria River Region


The aim of this study is to map, describe and evaluate the region's water resources. The project was started in 1993 at the request of the Victoria River District Conservation Association (YRDCA) and it was funded jointly by Landcare, the NT Government and the purpose is to provide pastoralists and communities with water resource information that will assist with property planning. VRDCA.




Groundwater -- Northern Territory -- Victoria River; Water-supply -- Northern Territory -- Victoria River; Water resources development -- Northern Territory -- Victoria River

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Northern Territory Government

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Report no. 11/1998


33 pages : illustrations and maps ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government


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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/672982 [Water Resources Survey of the Western Victoria River District - Water Resources of the Victoria River District_WRD98011.pdf]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/672981 [Water Resources Survey of the Western Victoria River District - Water Resources of the Victoria River District_WRD98011.pdf]

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Technical Report WRD98011 Viewed at 15:07:47 on 29/07/2010 Page 28 of 37. '''' Hi This is normally overcome by either providing more bores or dams or by extending the range of the existing sources via pipelines. The latter option would generally be preferred because of costs. Even in normal seasons multiple watering points originating from a single water source have the potential to reduce the grazing pressure on the soil and vegetation. Studies by the CSIRO (*4) have indicated that artificial water sources have had a strong impact on the biodiversity of the now and fauna. Increasing the number of watering points and at the same time increasing the number of cattle would obviously worsen the situation. On the other hand spreading the same number of cartle over a larger area would likely be benelicial in regards to biodiversity. soil conservation and also the condition of the cattle. \VATER RESOURCE OA TA. LOCATION A:'-."O AVAILABILITY Borehole Information Copies orthe bore completion reports submitted by drillers are held at the ~atural Resources Dlvision in Darwin. The information is in both digital form and as paper copies. It is mailable on request and charges only apply for copying large amounts of data. Selected borehole information for the \'RD study area is included on a CD-RO\! titled "Water Resources of the Victoria River Dislric(. This is available on request from the Natura! Resources Division. Water resource maps Individual maps are availnble for twenty one properties in the westen VRD. These are published at 1: 1 00.000 scale and show regioml v::!riations in ground water conditions and suitability for excavated tilllks. together with the best options for developing a stock water ,upply in a particubr area. The eastern VRD is largely co\ered by three 1 :250,000 scale groundwater maps. The map accompanying this report cov'ers the whole of the VRD. Hard (upies of all these maps can be obtained from the l'iatural Resources Division in Darwin. The maps are stored in digital form as MicroStation "Design Files" arld that data is also available to interested parties. Water resource and Land Unit information covering Mount Sanford station have been combined in digital map form on a CD ROM. The data caI1 be viewed and queried using the program ArcExplorer which is also included on the CD. This was done as a trial to test the usefulness of this form of information. Similar exercises may be conducted for other pruperties in the future if there is demand for it. The Mount Sanford CD is available on request from the "-I3tural Resources Division. ACK;-.iOWLEOGMENTS The authors would like to tharL\': the property managers and station staff who provided assistance in the form of local knowledge. advice and accommodation for field crews. Russell Sanders was the project leader during 1993/1994 and he had valuable input into the project planning and methodology. The guidance of Peter Jolly and Fred Barlow (DLPE) throughout the survey has been much appreciated as have the efforts of the Drafting and G IS stnff. Linton Fritz and Jeff Fong. who produced the maps and figures for the various reports. Thanks also to R02er Farrow and Rob Roos who carried out bore and darn survevs and water - . sampling and to the departments drilling and pump testing crews. The staffofthe Pastoral Branch and Land Resources Branch of DLPE also provided valuable assistance. 24