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Teachers learn about lake issues

Taupo teachers will learn more about the problems facing their Lake next week.

Environment Waikato and School Support Services have organised a three-day workshop for teachers covering aspects of the problems facing Lake Taupo, beginning on Thursday.

Environment Waikato releases its draft strategy to protect Lake Taupo on Tuesday. The Regional Council has been working with Taupo District Council, Tuwharetoa, landowners and the community on proposals 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 would be an opportunity to work with scientists, researchers and others who were knowledgeable about the Lake and help teachers to link local environmental issues to their teaching.

The workshop will cover the Lake’s geological and political history, the effects of intensified land use in the catchment and stream processes. The teachers will also head out on field trips to look at the growth of slimes and weeds in the lake, plants and wetlands, the hydro lake system and take a trip onto the Lake itself to look at water clarity, mapping and aquatic plant exercises.

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