Water quality report ‘heartening’ for farmers – Nathan Guy

Rural Exchange 06/10/2018

National’s agriculture spokesperson has applauded the latest water quality report for the effort made by New Zealand farmers.

“Farmers should be heartened by this report,” said National MP Nathan Guy.

The latest Land Air Water Aotearoa (LAWA) water quality report, released on Thursday, found a "mixed bag" of trends across the country's freshwater ecosystems.

Though the decline in macroinvertebrates was flagged in the report, LAWA eight other water quality indicators to have improvement trends. Clarity, turbidity, E coli, nitrogen and phosphorus all showed improvement.

“Farmers should be patting themselves on the back, but of course, there’s still more to be done.”

Dairy NZ's Dr David Burger attributed the report’s findings to the “huge amount of work” over the last decade to improve the dairy sector’s environmental footprint.

Mr Guy told RadioLIVE that the biggest challenge will be to continue to do more to improve their waterways.

Farmers are encouraged to continue fencing, riparian planting, and upgrading their effluent systems to help reduce their environmental footprint.

Watch the full interview with Nathan Guy above.

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