The dirty state of Lake Hayes' could be the result of Coronet Peak's sewerage system and residential septic tanks, Otago University freshwater scientist Dr Marc Schallenberg says.
A Dunedin man is concerned Otago residents are not aware of a fault off the coast which could have an impact as great as the Alpine Fault in an earthquake.
Competition for the three Dunstan seats on the Otago Regional Council is the hottest in the local body's history.
The race for public office is officially under way after nominations for local body elections closed yesterday.
Fish and Game Otago will take legal action against the Otago Regional Council if it is not consulted during consent processes.
Fish and Game Otago is questioning how it can do its statutory duty of protecting trout and salmon if the Otago Regional Council fails to notify it of consent applications involving waterways.
With only three days to go until local body election nominations close, there are still spots on the Otago Regional Council's Dunedin constituency to fill.
A piece of rural land in Waitati became a battleground for climate change and planning concerns at a Dunedin City Council resource consent hearing yesterday.
Councils are going to have to move quickly if the tight time frames proposed in Resource Management Act changes become legislation, Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead says.
Dairy effluent offences make up the biggest share of the Otago Regional Council's enforcement processes.
A more collaborative approach to public transport is needed if Dunedin is to solve its future roading problems, the Otago Regional Council says.
Some major Otago waterways are didymo-free so it is important river and lake users keep up the ''check, clean and dry'' practice, Otago Regional Council director Jeff Donaldson says.
Homes with excessively smoking chimneys in Otago's worst air pollution towns will be targeted in coming months and residents given a deadline to ''clear the air'' as the battle to improve air quality intensifies.
The Otago Regional Council's relationship with Tarras Water had got to the point there was no way it could become a dry shareholder, council chairman Stephen Woodhead said.
If the Otago Regional Council's new water quality rules are applied to the Waianakarua catchment it could fail the test, monitoring has found.
Plans are already being made to ensure the flood protection works in front of the University of Otago's registry building do not go over deadline, Otago Regional Council director Gavin Palmer says.
Mosgiel Coach Services has sold its public Dunedin routes to Ritchies and is now focused solely on school and charter operations.
A lack of economic analysis featuring in the thinking of Otago Regional Council staff is being questioned by its new chief executive.
The Otago Regional Council has doubled its insurance to cover against the possibility of one of its employees defrauding the local body.
Just how useful pre-election reports by councils will be at ''stimulating debate'' before October's local body elections is questionable, Andy Asquith of Massey University, says.