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Fresh water quality report: the reactions

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/04/2017

AN OFFICIAL REPORT SAYS THE COUNTRY'S RIVERS AND LAKES ARE COMING UNDER INCREASING PRESSURE AND NITROGEN LEVELS ARE GETTING WORSE. HERE'S THE REACTIONS:

* "We no longer have to demonstrate there's a problem, there's plenty of information to show that there is. Now we need to focus on finding the solutions to the problem," - Our Land and Water director Ken Taylor

* "How many more reports are required before the government acts?" - Forest & Bird freshwater advocate Annabeth Cohen

* "[It] highlights that New Zealand's fresh water challenges vary significantly across the country and that the problems have arisen due to agricultural and urban development over many decades ...It is also a strong endorsement of the government's direction in improving the swimmability of our rivers and lakes," - Environment Minister Nick Smith

* "What we need most, in addition to patterns, are cause-and-effect relationships. We need to identify causes to understand why some water quality variables are getting worse in some areas, and other variables are improving," - Niwa freshwater research manager Scott Larned

* "Our rivers need a moratorium on new dairy farms, and an end to subsidies for the large irrigation schemes that promote unsustainable intensive farming in environments that aren't suitable for that kind of farming," - Green Party water spokesperson Catherine Delahunty

* "There is no point focusing solely on rural New Zealand where much is being done and ignoring city water pollution," - New Zealand First environment spokesperson Denis O'Rourke

* "We need to acknowledge that we have legacy issues from when less was known about the potential impacts of land use. We believe we are now in a good position to address these legacy issues. It will take time, however - potentially decades in the worst affected areas," - Environment Canterbury chairman David Bedford

* "Industrial dairying and freshwater are on a head on collision course and government-funded irrigation schemes are accelerating the crash," - Greenpeace campaigner Genevieve Toop

* "This helps us see where the greatest pressures are and where we are performing well. Today's report confirms our freshwater environment faces a number of serious challenges," - government statistician Liz MacPherson

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