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Freshwater national standards set – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 3rd, 2014.

New standards for freshwater announced today for the first time set quantitative limits for water quality. Incorporating the national “bottom lines” for water quality put forward for consultation last year, the new standards will take effect from 1 August 2014, with a deadline for implementation by regional councils moved forward to 2025. A high-level summary including infographics on freshwater quantity […]

Ruataniwha irrigation dam decision – expert responds

Dacia Herbulock posted in on April 16th, 2014.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted resource consent to a proposed irrigation dam that will be the largest built in New Zealand for over 20 years. The Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme, led by the Hawkes Bay Regional Council, proposes construction of a major irrigation dam in the Tukituki River catchment. Extensive modelling and environmental impact […]

Water quality report – scientists respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 20th, 2012.

A report that aims to provide scientific context for the divisive issue of water quality in New Zealand is being launched by Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) Jan Wright at an event in Wellington today (20 March). In the report, the PCE states: “Water quality is a subject of high public concern and vigorous […]

Experts on Government’s freshwater policy package

Peter Griffin posted in on May 10th, 2011.

The Government last night announced its freshwater policy package, the centrepiece of which is the National Policy Statement, which sets a nationwide framework for regulating water quality and quantity limits. The package also sees the formation of the Irrigation Acceleration Fund, which will support the development of irrigation infrastructure proposals, and will be allocated $35 […]

Professor Hamilton on freshwater management concerns

Peter Griffin posted in on May 10th, 2011.

The following statement was released by Professor David Hamilton, President, New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society… The New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society (NZFSS) is the major national society for individuals and organisations with interests in freshwater sciences, management and education in New Zealand and internationally, with more than 350 members. The Society strongly endorses many aspects […]

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