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Saw fly well established in Waikato

The destructive willow sawfly is damaging willows planted for soil conservation and river control throughout the Waikato Region.

Council to take action on Lake Taupo issues

Environment Waikato’s Policy Committee has recommended seeking an “equitable resolution” of the issues surrounding who should pay for necessary changes to protect the quality of Lake Taupo’s water.

Urgent action needed to destroy fish pest

Environment Waikato’s Operations Committee wants urgent action taken to destroy koi carp threatening to infiltrate the Waihou River – but the job will be difficult and costly.

Regional council to prosecute companies

Environment Waikato is to initiate prosecutions against a forestry contractor, and excavation companies for alleged breaches of resource consents.

Costs high to control Taupo weed

The high cost of containing the spread of an exotic water weed in Lake Taupo should be shared with other agencies, according to Environment Waikato.

Earlier work limits watershed costs in Lake Taupo zone

Just under $3 million will be needed over the next 10 years to carry out new soil conservation, flood protection and river management work considered essential in Environment Waikato’s Lake Taupo management zone.

Project Watershed works identified for upper Waipa

More than $9 million will be needed over the next 10 years to carry out soil conservation, flood protection and river management work considered essential in Environment Waikato’s Upper Waipa management zone.

Funds provided for bush fencing

Environment Waikato is providing $2500 to the Queen Elizabeth National Trust to help fence indigenous forest remnants at Waitomo.

Help for school bush project

Environment Waikato has provided $1980 to Hamilton’s Southwell School to replant a stand of native bush in the school grounds.

Landowners supported for bush protection

Environment Waikato has informed 300 landowners in the Coromandel Peninsula area that they may be eligible for help in protecting a key ecological site on their land.

Environmental expectations rising

Public expectations of a clean environment are rising, sometimes ahead of what can be done to improve environmental health, a recent survey of Waikato people’s views has shown.

More work, rates for Regional Council

Environment Waikato has plans for a $10 million fund to encourage stream bank protection, policy changes to protect Lake Taupo, community-driven river management works and a major strike on possums and plant pests in its draft Strategic Plan released today.

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