Salinity is the accumulation of salt in land and water to a level that impacts on the natural and built environment.

Salinity occurs naturally in many parts of the Australian landscape but in many cases has been exacerbated where human activities accelerate the mobilisation and accumulation of salt.

Today the spread of salinity impacts farms, irrigation areas, wetlands, rivers, drinking water and infrastructure. It is a national issue.

It has taken many decades for the problem to emerge and will be with us for a long time to come. Solving it is a shared responsibility involving land managers, conservationists, Aboriginal communities, scientists, businesses and all levels of government.

The NSW Government has established a framework for salinity management, with a long-term commitment that empowers all sections of the community to work together using the best available science, innovative ideas and strategic investments.

The work builds on the financial commitment and hard work that many people have already undertaken to manage salinity, and lays the foundation for salinity management well into the future.

Find out more about:

  • the basics of salinity and how salt is mobilised and the factors that influence the distribution and extent of salinity in the landscape
  • the government strategies that are in place to manage salinity (e.g. Catchment Action Plans, the NSW Salinity Strategy, and Basin Strategy)
  • the opportunities that are available for businesses to make the best use of saline-affected land and water, and the market-based solutions that are being established to help control salinity
  • the role of science in assessing, monitoring and evaluating salinity, and the studies and research that the NSW Government is undertaking to help Catchment Management Authorities, landholders and the broader community control salinity
  • what can be done to minimise the effects of dryland salinity, irrigation salinity, urban and industrial salinity

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Page last updated: 26 September 2013