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Published: 2003-10-14 00:00:00

Lake Taupo is going into the classroom as a teaching tool.

Environment Waikato and organisations such as School Support Services have got together to provide a workshop for teachers next month to help them teach students about the Lake’s issues. The three-day workshop begins on Thursday, November 20.

A draft strategy to protect Lake Taupo will be released early next month. Environment Waikato, Taupo District Council and Tuwharetoa have been working in partnership with landowners and the community to change land use in the Lake’s catchment area to reduce the amount of nitrogen entering the lake by 20 per cent over the next 15 years.

Increasing nitrogen flows from developed land around the catchment is damaging the Lake’s health, reducing its clarity and adding to the growth of weeds and algae. Environment Waikato Schools co-ordinator Dean King said the teachers’ workshop was an opportunity to work alongside scientists, researchers and others who were knowledgeable about the Lake and help teachers to link local environmental issues to their teaching.

“The workshop draws upon the experience, skills and knowledge of a wide range of presenters from individuals and organisations such as NIWA, Geological and Nuclear Sciences, Taupo District Council, Environment Waikato, Mighty River Power, DoC, local farmers, iwi and community groups.”

Environment Waikato Taupo Councillor Helen Lane said it was pleasing to see all sectors of the community becoming involved in learning about the problems facing the Lake.