The Otago Regional Council has approved the development of a
"multiparty strategy" to tackle a growing hazard caused by
stock effluent on Otago's roads, but some councillors are
calling for a tougher enforcement approach.
The Otago Regional Council's latest winter air quality report
card shows there has been some improvement in pollution
levels, but there is concern most of the region's towns will
not meet national standards by next year as planned.
A detention pond in the archery field of Chingford Park in
Northeast Valley, Dunedin, may be created to contain flood
waters from Lindsay Creek to ease the risk for homes, schools
and businesses in the area.
Otago's four runanga (Kai Tahu ki Otago) want assurances from
the Otago Regional Council that its proposed water quality
regulation changes will safeguard their ability to gather
food (mahika kai) safely and use the region's waterways.
North Otago farmers trying to get to grips with the
complexities surrounding a proposed regional council water
plan change yesterday said they had been fed false
information in the build-up to the hearings.