Review of Water Allocation Planning in South Australia and the impact on potato production
This project comprises three distinct reports: 1. Mallee PWA Water Allocation Review 2. Review of the Lower Limestone Coast (LLC) Water Allocation Plan Allocation Criterion 3. Report on Survey of Mallee Potato Growers on Changes in Soil and Crop Management Practices since 2004 Irrigators in the South Australian potato industry with extensive holdings within the Lower Limestone Coast Prescribed Wells Area and the Mallee Prescribed Wells Area have reviewed the adopted Water Allocation Plans (WAPs) and consider that equity of access to water has not been achieved across all users and that reductions in water allocation are unjustified. Potatoes South Australia Inc engaged Australian Groundwater Technologies Pty Ltd (AGT) to conduct a review of the water allocations assigned to Border Zones 9A north, 10A, 11A and Management Area Parilla Red as outlined in the Mallee Prescribed Wells Area WAP and also to conduct a review of water allocation criteria within the Lower Limestone Coast Prescribed Wells Area. Simultaneously, Arris Pty Ltd was commissioned to survey the soil and crop management practices of Mallee potato producers over the past ten years.