Otago Fish and Game has expressed ``real concern'' over what it describes as the Otago Regional Council's failure to support its own commissioner's decision at a resource consent hearing into...
The Otago Regional Council is looking for a potential repeat offender after Kaikorai Stream was recently polluted with paint, the second such contamination in a year.
The Waitaki River is not ‘‘lost’’, the president of a community-based volunteer organisation trying to enhance the salmon fishery in the river says.
A public wananga, or workshop, is being planned for October to replace Matariki celebrations originally planned for June.
Creating a brand for New Zealand red meat that is verified as meeting fishable and swimmable water quality objectives is the mission of Food, Farms and Freshwater.
Community-based groups seeking to improve water quality in their areas have asked the Otago Regional Council for support and funding.
The Otago Regional Council's water quality plan change is past its last major hurdle.
Proposed national ''bottom lines'' on water quality could lead to large-scale degradation of Otago's rivers and lakes, the Otago Regional Council says.
The days of Otematata residents having to boil their drinking water may soon be over, as a new water supply is expected to be commissioned by April.
Nutrient loads are expected to increase in Otago water, as land use intensifies, which will lead to worsening water quality, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment warns.
More than $3.6 million will have to be spent to provide Twizel township with water complying with New Zealand drinking water standards, according to a report from Opus.
Monitoring of Otago's waterways has doubled as the Otago Regional Council seeks to ensure water quality is maintained or improves.
Tarras Water Ltd's failed attempt to get regional council funding for its irrigation scheme this year has highlighted just how controversial water has become in the Dunstan region.
The suitability of some of Otago's waterways for swimming is being questioned after a national report showed declining water quality at many sites.
Further shifts in attitude need to occur if water quality is to remain in ''good health'' in Central Otago, the Otago Regional Council says.
The Otago Regional Council's newest catchment programme is under way in South Otago, as council staff work with landowners to improve water quality.
A norovirus outbreak at Cardrona township last year has highlighted some shortcomings in the law protecting drinking water supplies, particularly in small population centres that host many visitors in the tourist season.
''A slightly better understanding'' of the Otago Regional Council's new water quality plan was the result of a meeting between the council and the North Otago Sustainable Land Management Society in Oamaru this week. .
Cow manure has been found to be the cause of ''alarming'' high levels of bacteria in the Taieri River near Waipiata this summer.
Changes to water quality proposals will give landholders more time to meet tough new standards and allay fears about the ''pollution police'', Cr Duncan Butcher says.