Russel Norman

Mataura River fecal load dangerously high in Gore

by Russel Norman

I wrote on Friday about the current situation in Gore regarding water supplies – ie that industrial dairy has sucked so much water out of the aquifers that Gore is short of water and restrictions are in place.

So I thought I would check out the situation with the Mataura River at Gore – after all if there are water restrictions you might consider going for a swim on a warm day.

Well it’s not advisable. Environment Southland currently advises that the Mataura River at Gore poses significant health risks due to high fecal coliform counts. This is no doubt due to intensive industrial dairy operations leaking cattle effluent into the catchment.

Environment Southland is doing a bit to address water pollution but it is still far too little. And central government needs to provide some leadership setting national standards.

Published in Environment & Resource Management by Russel Norman on Sun, February 1st, 2009   

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