A Dunedin environmental consultant says there will be more didymo in the lower Waitaki River if Meridian Energy Ltd builds its proposed power scheme, but Meridian challenges the claim.
The issue of whether water should be granted for a new $1 billion power scheme on the lower Waitaki River was back before the Environment Court again yesterday in Oamaru.
The Environment Court this week will still have to settle some issues relating to conditions on resource consents granted for Meridian Energy's proposed $1 billion power scheme on the lower Waitaki River.
The environmental impact of last week's accidental drop of bait laced with rat poison into a lake on Anchor Island, in Fiordland, is believed to be "very low, if any", Department of Conservation Te Anau area manager Reg Kemper said.
Estuaries in coastal Otago are in good health but they are also showing signs of "stressors" from land use further upstream, Otago Regional Council environmental information and science director John Threlfall said.
The community is being asked to report people illegally dumping rubbish in a "Ditch Dirty Dumping" campaign launched recenty by the Waitaki District Council.
More opponents of Dunedin funeral directors Hope and Sons took aim at the company's proposed new cremator in South Dunedin on the second and last day of a resource consent hearing yesterday, but the company, through counsel Phil Page, had the last word.
Individual "piecemeal" decisions allowing development on hazard-prone land will continue without any long-term national strategic direction, Environmental Defence Society policy analyst Raewyn Peart said recently.
Year of Biodiversity time for ORC soil stewardship. This years marks the 21st anniversary of the Otago Regional Council. Jolyon Manning casts around for a distinctive "vision", and comes up wanting.
A blaze of yellow in spring will be seen from central Arrowtown in about 10 years' time, thanks to a partnership between the community, a developer and the Department of Conservation (Doc) to re-establish kowhai trees on Feehly Hill.
In April 2006, local authorities and emergency services swung into action to help the occupants of dozens of homes flooded on the Taieri Plain. Questions were asked about why houses had been built in a flood zone.
The Department of Conservation's role as an advocate for the environment has been questioned by an Otago Conservation Board member.
We sold the railways and they were run into the ground.
Environment Canterbury tried for four years to convince successive Governments to give it special powers to deal with freshwater management issues in Canterbury.
Dunedin could face some stark choices by the end of the century, with sea-level rise expected to force either the retreat from, or complete evacuation of, South Dunedin, St Kilda and St Clair.
L and M Mining Ltd is on target as it moves through the first stage of its planned seven-year project to extract more than 110,000 ounces of gold, worth $170 million on today's spot price, from the Earnscleugh flats.
The clamour against the Dunedin City Council harbourside district plan changes is louder than a foundry hammer.
Niall Watson warns of dire and irreversible consequences if tenure review proposals for two properties in Central Otago's Nevis Valley proceed unchanged.
Environment Court Judge Jon Jackson has criticised the Queenstown Lakes District Council as "obstinate", "rather unhelpful" and "time wasting" over a case which has taken more than 10 years to resolve.