Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Seven More Lakes Under Scrutiny

MEDIA RELEASE
Seven More Lakes Under Scrutiny
Friday 16 September 2005

Seven more Rotorua lakes are being reviewed to see if they need help to improve water quality.

Environment Bay of Plenty, Rotorua District Council and Te Arawa Maori Trust Board are already working together to save five degraded lakes in the Rotorua district, including Lake Rotoiti.

Now Environment Bay of Plenty is carrying out water quality risk assessments on seven other lakes, Rotoma, Okataina, Tarawera, Tikitapu, Rotokakahi, Rotomahana and Rerewhakaaitu. Group manager regulation and resource management Paul Dell says these lakes generally have good water quality. Some actions are already being taken to protect them, such as planned sewage reticulation and riparian protection works. “However we think it is timely to start working on action plans for these lakes to protect their long-term water quality,” he explains. “We appreciate that people are concerned we are ignoring the higher quality lakes, but this is not the case.”

Staff aim to complete the scientific analysis for the project by the end of November. They will prioritise the lakes for formal Action Plans and work out what urgent actions or further research may be needed for them. Mr Dell says the results will then be shown to the community and sector groups for consideration. “The feedback from members of the communities living around these lakes is very important and will influence the way the priority list is made up,” he explains.

Mr Dell says that work will begin early next year on the development of action plans for the high-priority lakes. Draft Action Plans are drawn up by working parties with representatives from the community, sector groups and relevant organisations. These groups look at the water quality issues and risks facing their own lakes and come up with solutions to improve or maintain good water quality over the long-term. Their proposals are then discussed with the general community.

“We have used this process to develop Action Plans for the other lakes, and it has worked extremely well,” Mr Dell says.

Mr Dell says Environment Bay of Plenty has been “keeping a close eye” on the seven lakes through regular water quality monitoring. Some lakes will be boosted by planned sewerage reticulation while others are the subject of trials on nutrient-reducing products and methods. The lakes have upgraded requirements for septic tanks, weed spread prevention, and a number of riparian protection works. All these lakes will eventually have an action plan to protect and if necessary restore their lake water quality to the water quality targets set by the community and recorded in the proposed Regional Water and Land Plan.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Demise Of The Tokyo Olympics

As the Covid vaccines roll out around the world, the Tokyo Olympics are looming as a major test of when (and whether) something akin to global normality can return – to international travel, to global tourism, to professional sport and to mass gatherings of human beings. Currently though, it looks like a forlorn hope that Japan will be able to host the Olympics in late July. Herd immunity on any significant scale seems possible only by December 2021, at the earliest... More>>

 

Oranga Tamariki: Chief Executive Grainne Moss Steps Down

Controversial Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss has decided to step down. More>>

ALSO:

USA: Prime Minister Congratulates President Joe Biden On His Inauguration

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America. “I look forward to building a close relationship with President Biden and working with him on issues that matter ... More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Government: Cook Islanders To Resume Travel To New Zealand

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such ... More>>

ALSO:

A New Year: No politicians at Rātana in 2021

Annual celebrations at Rātana pā will be different this year, amid a decision to hold an internal hui for church adherents only… More>>

ALSO:

Government: New Public Housing Plan Announced

RT HON JACINDA ARDERN HON DR MEGAN WOODS The Government has released its Public Housing Plan 2021-2024 which outlines the intention of where 8,000 additional public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020, will go. “The Government ... More>>

Government: Pre-Departure Testing Extended To All Passengers To New Zealand

To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. More>>

ALSO:

Covid: Border Exception for 1000 International Students

The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began....More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels