Freshwater scientists call for clean waterways

Freshwater scientists are speaking out about the state of New Zealand rivers and lakes and the impact of land intensification. 

File:On the Clutha River at Albert Town.jpgResearchers met in Dunedin this week at the New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society conference titled Beyond the Limits. Deteriorating water quality and arguments over access to water resources have been in the headlines a lot this year. Scientists speaking out about clean water and water resource issues have attracted significant attention, not all of it positive. Meanwhile water and land issues remain unresolved, with tensions set to increase as pressure to intensify economic returns mounts.

The Science Media Centre held a media briefing with experts from the conference who reiterated their concerns about the state of New Zealand’s water ways.

Media coverage of the conference includes:

Radio NZ: Industries ‘deliberately muddying water’ over damage  ||  NZ Herald: Clean up waterways, say scientists

Otago Daily Times: ‘Duty’ to raise freshwater issues  ||  Radio NZ: Fed Farmers says water pollution criticism unfair