Journal article

Detecting changes in streamflow response to changes in nonclimatic catchment conditions: farm dam development in the Murray-Darling basin, Australia

SY Schreider, AJ Jakeman, RA Letcher, RJ Nathan, BP Neal, SG Beavis

Journal of Hydrology | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2002

Abstract

Anecdotal evidence suggests that farm dams have an impact on the streamflow regime of a catchment. There is however a notable absence of suitable information on the nature and magnitude of these impacts. This work seeks to address this knowledge gap by identifying the nature of the impact of farm dams on the hydrology of catchments in the Murray-Darling Drainage Division, Australia. The 12 catchments selected for this analysis span zones of the Division with very different climatic and land use conditions. In 11 of the catchments considered there has been an increase in farm dam development over the last two to three decades. The remaining catchment, on the Jamieson River, has undergone no l..

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