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Environment Canterbury welcomes new study into water quality challenges

Environment Canterbury agrees with a new study that found achieving national bottom lines for contaminants across New Zealand will be a huge challenge.

The report released by Our Land and Water found that substantial reductions of sediment, phosphorous, nitrogen and E. coli are needed to meet the national bottom lines set out in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPSFM).

Science Director Dr Tim Davie said that while there are no surprises in this report, it reinforces the need for us to continue efforts to reduce our impact on freshwater.

“While this is the first research specifically into the national bottom lines, the need to reduce the volume of contaminants entering freshwater is not news to us in Canterbury,” Davie said. “That said, it’s always good to have more science to inform us.”

“What we know, and are hearing from our community, is that in some parts of our region we need to do more to achieve expectations,” he said.

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