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Salinity Province 110, Springhurst

Thumbnail image showing the location of the Springhurst Salinity Province in VictoriaThe medium sized Springhurst Salinity Province partly overlaps the Ovens Riverine Plain to the west and small foothills composed of Permian age glacial sediments, Ordovician metamorphic rocks and Devonian granite to the east.

Local scale Groundwater Flow Systems (GFSs) in the weathered granites, Permian glacial rocks and alluvial/colluvial fans dominate and drive salinisation processes, which have been a problem in the area since at least the 1970s. Salinised land developed in the valley floors, at the ‘break-of-slope’ within the local foothills and on the foot slopes at the edge of the Riverine Plain.

Salinity management options for this province include planting trees at the ‘break-of-slope’ and along changes in soil texture, and the establishment of perennial pasture across the mid and lower slope areas.

Province Attributes

Catchment Management Region:NORTH EAST
Priority Status:High
Province Area:10,530 ha
Recorded Soil Salinity Area 1:132 ha
Dominant Surface Geology Type:Sedimentary
Influence of Geological Structure on Salinity Occurrence/s:Probable
Relevant Geomorphological Mapping Units (GMUs):1.4.5, 4.3
Predominant Groundwater Flow Systems (GFSs):Local & Local/Intermediate
Relevant Irrigation Areas:N/A

Springhurst Salinity Province Map

A detailed map showing Springhurst Salinity Province

Links to further reading and material related to the North East Salinity Province
For further information relating to groundwater levels and salinities in this Province please see: Visualising Victoria's Groundwater (VVG)

1 Please Note: The ‘Recorded Soil Salinity Area’ indicated in the Salinity Province Attribute Table, comprises the total geographic area that has been mapped as having, or showing symptoms of, dryland soil salinity at some time (past or present). As dryland salinity occurrence in the Victorian landscape exhibits many different levels of severity and can change due to climate, landuse and vegetation, previously mapped areas may no longer be showing symptoms. In addition, as not all parts of the State have been mapped, or mapped in the same way, the mapping may not have captured some occurrences.

The soil salinity mapping used to calculate this ‘area’ does not cover irrigation regions. In irrigation regions, depth to watertable and watertable salinity mapping has been used to convey the threat of high watertables on soil waterlogging and/or soil salinisation and these areas are not included in this ‘area‘ calculation.

Please contact the Department, your Catchment Management Authority or your rural water provider for more information about salinity in your location.
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