Rivers’ future in the balance

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Waikato people have a chance to have their say on the future of the Waikato and Waipa rivers.
Healthy rivers

Since early last year, a Collaborative Stakeholder Group (CSG) has been working on policy to help restore and protect the health of the rivers.

The idea is to reduce sediment, bacteria and nutrients entering water bodies, including groundwater, in the Waikato and Waipa river catchments, an area of 1.1 million hectares.

The CSG is now inviting people to drop-in sessions where members will share progress to date and ask for people’s thoughts about the way ahead. The session in Hamilton is at the Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, on Monday, April 13, 7-9.30pm.

Also, an online survey will provide another opportunity for input. The survey runs from March 30 to April 30 here on the Waikato Regional Council website.

Information to be made available at the drop in sessions and online includes:

  • current water quality and trends in different parts of the Waipa and Waikato River catchments
  • insights into factors driving water quality
  • how the project’s modelling and research programme will help develop options, along with project milestones and timelines.

People can also learn about how the CSG proposes to divide the catchment into areas to better manage water quality, and determine how healthy a water body is.

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