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Safeguarding Soil and Water Quality


Sparrow, LA and Sharpley, AN and Reuter, DJ, Safeguarding Soil and Water Quality, Communications in soil science and plant analysis, 31, (11-14) pp. 1717-1742. ISSN 0010-3624 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/00103620009370533


In many countries, community awareness and concern about environmental issues has resulted in an increased interest in and requirement for assessment and monitoring of soil and water quality. This paper reviews the types of indicators which are commonly advocated for these purposes, and concludes that better interpretive guidelines for indicators are needed if these guidelines are to be defensible. More work also needs to be done to decrease the cost of appropriate monitoring and to encourage its wider and more intense use. Recent developments in new techniques, and community-based monitoring programmes in Australia are discussed. Active and well targeted assessment and monitoring programmes by themselves are not sufficient to safeguard soil and water quality. Increased emphasis needs to be given to the development of new land use systems and practices, which address the environmental priorities identified through assessment and monitoring, and which also ensure the financial viability of land managers. Scientists have important roles to play in all of the above processes. Research is one important role, but there is much to be gained from scientists facilitating communication between land managers and policy makers. These gains include the advancement of reforms to land management which have the potential to safeguard soil and water quality, and which are likely to be adopted by land managers and local communities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Soil sciences
Research Field:Soil sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
UTAS Author:Sparrow, LA (Dr Leigh Sparrow)
ID Code:20151
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2001-04-24

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