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Grant for Lake Koromatua project

Environment Waikato has granted $2500 to the Hamilton Fish and Game Association for restoration and enhancement of public access to Lake Koromatua, a peat lake near Temple View.

Grant for school bush project

Environment Waikato’s Environmental Initiatives Fund has granted $2000 towards a native bush project at Te Miro School.

Bigger flood risk from climate change

Environment Waikato is factoring climate change into its river management planning, last week’s Catchment Services Committee meeting heard.

Reporoa eruption sends plume into river

Environment Waikato is not concerned about a plume of volcanic dust sent into the Waikato River from yesterday’s geothermal eruption near Reporoa.

Students meet for environment forum

Thirty secondary school students from throughout the Waikato Region meet at Te Kauri Lodge next week for the second Regional Youth Environment Forum.

Progress on managing Waikato’s peat lakes

Environment Waikato is considering using its newly established Natural Heritage Fund to enhance peat lake restoration, Environment Waikato’s Environment Committee meeting heard last week.

Plastic collection depots for Waikato farmers

The Waikato is likely to get 11 depots for collecting unwanted plastic agrichemical containers and silage wrap under a container and wrap recovery programme now being developed.

Prosecutions Follow EW Monitoring Flight

Environment Waikato’s Regulatory Committee has recommended prosecuting two Taupo farmers for serious non-compliance with effluent rules following trials using a helicopter to monitor some farm dairy effluent systems.

Council concerned at deer release threat

Environment Waikato is concerned that this year’s low prices for venison could lead to illegal releases of deer into forest areas where they could threaten the environment and increase the risk of bovine Tb in cattle.

Dairy farms failing to comply

Sixteen percent of dairy farms are seriously non-compliant with rules covering spreading dairy effluent on land, and 57 percent of dairy farms do not comply with at least a part of the rule, according to a survey by Environment Waikato.

Consents renewed for Whangapoua forestry

Environment Waikato has renewed resource consents to continue harvesting plantation forest, and construct roading and minor stream crossings within Whangapoua Forest.

Winning Taupo farmer role model for lake protection

A Lake Taupo farmer’s win in the 2005 Waikato Ballance Farm Environment Awards will provide a role model for farmers in the area who are minimising farming effects on the lake, Environment Waikato chairman Jenni Vernon said today.

River scheme making progress

The next stage of construction of the Tongariro River Flood Protection Scheme is underway, with contractors preparing sites around Turangi.

Consent granted for meat company

A Paeroa meat processing company has been granted a 15 year resource consent to discharge treated meat processing wastewater into the Ohinemuri River.

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