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Shifts in farming put pressure on water quality – report

John Kerr posted in on November 21st, 2013.

Changes in the way New Zealanders use land are negatively affecting the water quality of our lakes and rivers and we need to do something about it, according to the latest report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. The Commissioner Dr Jan Wright released the report titled Water quality in New Zealand: Land use […]

Water report makes a splash

John Kerr posted in on March 22nd, 2012.

A report laying bare the science behind New Zealand’s degraded waterways has received wide media coverage and spurred calls for action. The report Water Quality in New Zealand: Understanding the Science, was released by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment , Jan Wright, this week and details the science and history behind New Zealand’s polluted […]

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Science clear on freshwater quality and trout

John Kerr posted in on July 6th, 2011.

Following claims that trout are responsible for the decline in New Zealand’s freshwater quality, scientists stepped forward to set the record straight. In a speech last week, Federated Farmers Dairy chairperson Lachlan McKenzie, accused introduced fish of contributing significantly to the declining water quality. The Science Media Centre highlighted the reaction from freshwater scientists who felt the […]

Are trout to blame for declining water quality?

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 5th, 2011.

UPDATED: Scientists are questioning statements by a prominent dairy industry representative, suggesting trout are a ‘disastrous species’ — no better than ‘freshwater stoats’ — and that farmers have been unfairly blamed for their impacts on declining water quality. These allegations were made in a speech last week by outgoing Federated Farmers Dairy chairperson Lachlan McKenzie, urging members to use […]

What’s in our groundwater?

Dacia Herbulock posted in on August 25th, 2010.

Groundwater is a crucial natural resource — around one third of the water used in New Zealand comes from underground — but it can be easily overlooked in the contentious debates surrounding declining water quality and resource management. With the highly-anticipated recommendations from the Land and Water Forum on freshwater management reform due back to […]

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