Understand what’s happening around Otago to improve water quality.

Otago Regional Council set water quality limits in late 2016 through their ‘Water for Otago’ regional plan to ensure effluent, sediment and other contaminants are managed appropriately.

Farmers face particular challenges due to frequent flooding conditions including large floods in the winter of 2017.

There are currently over ten community-led catchment groups, many of which Fonterra and our farmers are involved in, working to improve water quality across the region.

Otago Fonterra farmers’ progress towards some of the Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord targets.

  • 99

  • %

  • of significant waterways are fenced and have dairy excluded

The Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord defines regular crossing points as “any permanently flowing rivers, streams, drains and springs, more than a metre wide and 30cm deep.”

  • 100

  • %

  • of regular stock crossing points have bridges or culverts

The Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord defines regular crossing points as “those used more than once a month to access the milking shed.”

  • 87

  • %

  • of farms have collected nutrient management data




Catchment call out #1

Landowners, residents, NZ Landcare Trust and Fonterra have worked together to deliver the Kakanui Catchment Project. It will increase knowledge and awareness to improve water quality, reduce soil erosion and increase biodiversity within the catchment.

Catchment call out #2

Fonterra is working with NZ Landcare Trust, Pomahaka Farmers Water Care Group and Pomahaka Stakeholders Group to improve farm practices and infrastructure, reduce nutrient loss and improve water quality in the Pomahaka Catchment.



Find out about the water quality in a river near you.





Thanks to those who attended our Open Day, view the photos below


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