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

 

Environmental performance shows no improvement


October 25, 2006

MEDIA STATEMENT

Dairy farmers’ environmental performance shows no improvement in Canterbury
Environment Canterbury’s 2005/06 report on dairy shed effluent discharges shows no improvement on the 2004/05 figures. The 2005/06 survey shows only 48 per cent of the 541 farms monitored were fully compliant with their consent effluent discharge conditions. (The 2004/05 survey showed 52 per cent full compliance and the 2003/04 survey, showed 61 per cent full compliance).

“If we take out technical breaches, only 55 per cent of dairy sheds would have been fully complying on first visit from an ECan staff member. This is still not good enough,” ECan’s chair of regulation overview, Cr Angus McKay said. Technical non-compliance does not cause any adverse environmental effects and includes exceeding the consented or permitted volume of raw effluent.

Seventy-four dairy sheds which were found to be fully compliant and meeting their effluent conditions in the three previous seasons were not surveyed this time around. Because of this, the statistics cannot be strictly compared year-on-year. The fully compliant dairy farms were located from the Rakaia River south to the Waitaki.

“Even though we cannot directly compare this season’s survey to last season, the recent results still show that there is significant non-compliance of around 19 per cent. As a result ECan will be monitoring all dairy discharges this coming season and unless there is a significant improvement, ECan will take more legal action. We will be raising our concerns with industry and farming groups. In particular, we will be talking to Fonterra as part of the Clean Streams Accord, “says Cr McKay.

“While we applaud farmers meeting their responsibilities, we are concerned and need to look at other ways of influencing the hard core, non-complying operators.”

Effluent ponding is a significant issue on dairy farms as it can lead to increased nitrate leaching to ground and nearby groundwater or waterways and microbiological contamination. This can make groundwater unsuitable for drinking and can adversely affect streams fed by groundwater.

“Individually, these cases of non-compliance may not have caused major environmental effects, but cumulatively, there is a long-term issue of dairy farm contributions to nitrate contamination of groundwater and waterways, which has to be addressed.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Perils Of Declaring Premature Victory


Sure enough, Saturday’s Vaxathon was a barrel of fun and a throwback not merely to the Telethons of the past. It also revived memories of those distant days of early 2020, when we were all carefully wiping down our groceries, not touching our faces, washing our hands for 20 seconds and responding to level four lockdowns by putting teddy bears in the window for the benefit of the little kids walking by in their family bubbles. Those were the days, when the Team of Five Million felt like a real, organic thing... More>>

RNZ: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces Cabinet decision on Covid-19 alert levels


Northland will move to level 2 at 11.59pm on 19 October. Waikato will be held at level 3, to be reviewed on Friday. Auckland will remain in level 3 with current restrictions for another two weeks... More>>

ALSO:




 
 

Economy: Inflation highest in over a decade
The consumers price index rose 2.2 percent in the September 2021 quarter, the biggest quarterly movement since a 2.3 percent rise in the December 2010 quarter, Stats NZ said today. Excluding quarters impacted by increases to GST rates, the September quarter movement was the highest since the June 1987 quarter... More>>

ALSO:


Government: New Zealand Increases Climate Aid Contribution

The Government is making a four-fold increase in the support it provides to countries most vulnerable to the climate emergency, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today... More>>

Government: Opportunity To Shape NZ’s First Emissions Reduction Plan
The Government is inviting New Zealanders to inform the country’s first Emissions Reduction Plan with the release of a consultation document containing a range of policy ideas to decrease the country’s emissions, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today... More>>

ALSO:


CPay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>


Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>


Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels