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Water Resources of the Victoria River District

Details:

Title

Water Resources of the Victoria River District

Creator

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

Issued by

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

Collection

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

Date

1998-08-01

Location

Victoria River Region

Abstract

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.

Language

English

Subject

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

Publisher name

Northern Territory Government

Place of publication

Darwin

Series

Report no. 11/1998

Format

33 pages : illustrations and maps ; 30 cm.

File type

application/pdf

Use

Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Northern Territory Government

License

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

Related links

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]

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/229442

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/672981

Related items

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/672982

Page content

Technical Report WRD98011 Viewed at 15:07:47 on 29/07/2010 Page 5 of 37. SUMMARY For most properties water availability is not a major limitation, rather it is (he cost of developing a new supply which is the most important consideration, Bores provide the main water source in the Victoria River District (VRD) and ground water supplies are adequate in most areas for stock watering. Natural surface 'waters such as waterholes and springs are used to a lesser extent but these sources are limited in number. Despite large suriace water flows during the \Vet. dams are relatively uncommon. More use of excavated tanks is recommended in suitable areas, although restrictions due to soil types and soil depths generally limits dam storage to a six to nine month stock ,vater supply. Other types of storages such as embankment (gully) dams have the potential to hold water tor longer periods but they are not recommended here because of the high maintenance required and the consequent risk of failure. A number of environmental factors need to be considered in cattle stat.ion management in order to maintain the long term viability of the industry. These include soil erosion, weeds, alteration of the balance of native (lom and fauna and water pollution. The 10cDtion and use of water sources are key tactors in this regard. Recommended ways of reducing these impacts are to ("nee offwmering points and to make more use ofpipeJine networks to spread grazing unifOffi1Iy over a greater area. INTRODl'CTION The aim of this snldy is to map, describe and evaluate the region's water resources. Tbe pwject was started in 1993 at the request of the Victoria River District Conservation Association (YRDCA) and it was funded jointly by Landeare, the NT Government :L'1d the VRDCA, It's purpose is to provide pastoralists and communities with water resource information that "ill assist with property planning. o The area studied covers approximately 120,000 km- and includes the Victoria River drainage basin in the far northwe:::t of the Northern Territory (Figure 1). Beefcattle grazing on seminatural rangelands is the dominatll land use. Other uses include aboriginal living areas, National Parks and military training areas. Timber Creek is the largest town in the district Other settlements include Daguragu. Lajamanu and Top Springs. The nearest major popUlation centres are Katherine to the eClst and Kununurra to the west. The climate is hot, with rainfall restricted to the "Wet" monsoonal season from November to March. There is a north to south trend in the rainfall and evaporation. controlled by the distance from the coast (Figure 2). Average aromal rainfalls vary from 800 mm in the north at the coast but are as low as 470 mm in the far south at Lajamanu, Rainiall events are commonly intense, either in the form of local thunder storms or widespread monsoonal events. Pan evaporation increases inland from 2800 mm at the coast to a high of 3700 mm in the south. Daily evaporation rates during the Dry season (April to October) are of the orderof7 mm.


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