The nearly 1.15 million hectare catchment is geographically diverse with its western portion on the Swan Coastal Plain encompassing high quality coastal dune and lake environments, the largest estuarine system in the south west, and an extensive backplain and foothills area. The coastal plain portion of the catchment supports many relatively small sized farms and areas of irrigated horticulture. It also includes the rapidly growing City of Mandurah and southern parts of the Perth metropolitan region with the associated urban, peri-urban, and industrial land uses. Beyond the coastal plain, the central and eastern portions of the catchment within the Darling Plateau extend through a large expanse of State forest and conservation reserves centred around Dwellingup to the ‘broad-acre’ agricultural areas of the wheatbelt near Narrogin. (Wells, 2005)
(Source: PHCC/DLI Landmonitor website)
Included in this section is a brief summary of some aspects of the physical and social Geography of our catchment. This summary is by no means exhaustive and further detail can be found in the Peel-Harvey Catchment Plan for NRM which can be downloaded from this site (click here for more information about the P-H NRM Plan)
Much of the information in the following sections has been adapted from Bussemaker, P. Draft Peel Harvey Status and Trends of Nutrient Concentrations Report. Department of Environment 2004 and Wells, M Draft Peel-Harvey Catchment Natural Resource Management Plan, PHCC March 2005, many thanks and all acknowledgment is given for the use of their work.