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Our fresh water 2017 – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on April 27th, 2017.

UPDATED: The Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand have released the latest national report about the state of freshwater. Our fresh water 2017 measures the quality of New Zealand’s waterways, including water quality, biodiversity and cultural health. Nitrogen levels at over half of monitored river sites are getting worse, according to the report […]

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 in the news

John Kerr posted in on November 21st, 2013.

A report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has highlighted the negative impact farming practices are having on New Zealand’s waterways, attracting national news coverage. You can read more about the Commissioners report, Water quality in New Zealand:Land use and nutrient pollution along with independent expert commentary here. The report has been widely covered […]

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Concern over DCD in milk – expert responds

John Kerr posted in on January 28th, 2013.

Traces of the agricultural compound DCD in New Zealand milk are not a direct cause for concern, says an agriculture expert. Small amounts of dicyandiamide (DCD), a compound used to prevent nitrogen leaching in pasture, are detectable in New Zealand milk products. Following concerns that the presence of trace amounts of DCD in milk could […]

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 […]

RadioNZ: Scientists look at new plants to reduce emissions

Peter Griffin posted in on January 26th, 2011.

One of the 18 science programmes to receive funding last year from the Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Centre will look at whether farmers can reduce agricultural emissions by growing pasture plants which are high yield, but low nitrogen. The research will be undertaken by AgResearch, one of New Zealand’s Crown Research Institute. An excerpt: (read in […]

Southland Times: Humates may help make NZ greener

Peter Griffin posted in on May 27th, 2010.

Sonia Gerken writes in The Southland Times about humates, which have been found in New Zealand and which, scientific testing suggest, could be used to help make New Zealand greener. Humates contain certain chemicals which could help slow the leaching of fertiliser nitrogen, to the benefits of famers’ crops and our waterways, and testing is […]

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