levels in the Beacon River Catchment have received some of the most
detailed investigations anywhere in the wheatbelt of Western Australia.
We are very fortunate to have data dating back to1986 when Richard
George, Peter Frantom and Ron Colman from the Merredin office of
the Department of Agriculture undertook the first significant study
of groundwater levels in this catchment. 15 piezometers (monitoring
bores) identified by the prefix BE (Beacon) were developed in the
Beacon River Catchment above Job’s Lake. 14 piezometers (now
identified as bores LM01-LM14) were developed at the same time in
the Welbungin Catchment below Lake McDermott. In 1990 George and
Frantom reported their findings in a publication entitled “Preliminary
Groundwater and Salinity Investigation in the Eastern Wheatbelt
– 3. Welbungin and Beacon River Catchments”.
In 1991 a series of piezometers identified by the prefix BN (Beacon
North) was developed by the Mt Marshall LCDC in the upper reaches
of the Beacon River where farmers were becoming increasingly interested
in monitoring groundwater levels which had been shown to be steadily
In 1997 an expansion of the “LM” series was undertaken
by the LCDC with the development of piezometers immediately north
of the Lake McDermott Reserve.
In 1998, 4 piezometers were installed in the Beacon townsite by
the LCDC, followed in July 2000 by a further 17 under the Rural
Towns Program, another initiative of the Department of Agriculture.
Beacon Townsite bores are identified by the prefix BT.
December 2000, in order to establish baseline data for the Beacon
River Catchment Salinity Management Project Feasibility Study another
55 piezometers (BR prefix) were
developed throughout the catchment by Geoff Ingleton from Wheatbelt
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