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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 […]

Has ‘rock snot’ been here all along? – Experts respond

John Kerr posted in on May 9th, 2014.

Controversial new research claims that noxious blooms of the fresh water algae didymo –aka ‘rock snot’ — are caused by changes in native algal species and suggest that current efforts to prevent the spread of the organism may be misguided. In a new forum article published in BioScience, two North American researchers conclude that the […]

Freshwater scientists call for urgent action

Dacia Herbulock posted in on December 10th, 2012.

Experts in freshwater quality, management and biodiversity have signed on to a series of recommendations, released today, they say are critical to turning around New Zealand’s worsening record on water quality. Polluted waterways, invasive pests and weeds, waterborne illness and the absence of legal protection for critically endangered freshwater species are among the problems highlighted […]

‘Beyond the limits’ Freshwater scientists speak out

Dacia Herbulock posted in on December 3rd, 2012.

Is current intensification of land use damaging our waterways beyond repair?  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 […]

Report stirs up freshwater policy debate

John Kerr posted in on August 1st, 2011.

New Zealand’s waterways will not being getting cleaner any time soon under current government policies, according to a new report examining freshwater management. The report was produced by the Cawthron Institute and commissioned by Fish & Game New Zealand. The document analyses the government’s current National Policy Statement (NPS) on Freshwater Management to see how it stacks […]

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