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our commitment to nz's waterways

There's an important conversation happening about the health of New Zealand's waterways.  We care about the problem and want to share what we're doing to help fix it.

"The science is clear – New Zealand’s fresh waters are under stress because of what we do in and around them.”

Sir Peter Gluckman

Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor

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OVERLAY TITLE: WHERE THINGS STAND

OVERLAY SUBTITLE: Some rivers are in a good state. Others are not. Here are some facts.

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WHERE THINGS STAND

Some rivers are in a good state.

Others have been compromised by agricultural intensification, urban expansion, and industrial pollution.

Here are some facts

E.coli Trends

E.coli Trends

(268 river sites)

Water Clarity Trends

Water Clarity Trends

(241 river sites)

Nitrogen & Phosphorus Trends

Nitrogen & Phosphorus Trends

(175 river sites & 145 river sites)

  • improving
  • indeterminate
  • worsening

 

MINISTRY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND STATS NZ

"OUR FRESH WATER 2017" REPORT.

 

 

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OVERLAY TITLE: WHAT WE'RE DOING

OVERLAY SUBTITLE: We’re addressing the issues we have control over. So far, here’s what we have done.

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WHAT WE'VE DONE

We’ve been using the best available science and addressed the factors we have control over today.

Here’s what we’ve done.

 

of all significant waterways on farms are fenced to exclude cows

 

of farmers have nitrogen management reports, useful information that reduces the risk of leaching

 

litres of water is recycled or reused at our NZ manufacturing sites

 

water catchments will be regenerated

 

partnership with DOC called Living Water

 

invested in environmental initiatives by our farmers over the last five years

 

 

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OVERLAY TITLE: OUR SIX COMMITMENTS

OVERLAY SUBTITLE: We’ve started to put things right. We want to do more. Here’s our plan.

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OUR SIX WAYS FORWARD

We’ve started to put things right and we want to do more. Here’s our plan for how we go forward.

 

1

FARM WITHIN REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL

LIMITS.

1

ENCOURAGE STRONG ENVIRONMENTAL

FARMING PRACTICES.

1

REDUCE WATER USE AND IMPROVE WASTE

WATER QUALITY AT OUR MANUFACTURING

PLANTS.

1

WORK TOGETHER ON WATERWAY HEALTH.

1

INVEST IN SCIENCE AND INNOVATION

TO FIND NEW SOLUTIONS.

1

MAKE THE PRODUCTS PEOPLE VALUE MOST.

 

 

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Come and visit one of 40 farms and see our farmers’ hard work.

 

view ‘Our commitment to New Zealand’s waterways’

Explore the issues

Bacteria

Bacteria

Nitrogen from cow’s urine travels through the soil into waterways.

Bacteria

Bacteria

Animal faeces contaminates water with harmful bacteria.

Bacteria

Bacteria

⦁ Riparian planting provides shade, shelter and food for wildlife

Bacteria

Bacteria

⦁ Riparian planting provides shade, shelter, and food for wildlife
⦁ Fencing keeps livestock away from 96% of our waterways

Bacteria

Bacteria

⦁ Riparian planting provides shade, shelter, and food for wildlife
⦁ Fencing keeps livestock away from 96% of our waterways
⦁ Tree and shrub roots filter Nitrogen from groundwater

Bacteria

Bacteria

⦁ Riparian planting provides shade, shelter, and food for wildlife
⦁ Fencing keeps livestock away from 96% of our waterways
⦁ Tree and shrub roots filter Nitrogen from groundwater
⦁ Shade from strategic trees and plants at the toe of the slope provide fish habitat and reduce algae growth

Bacteria

Bacteria

⦁ Riparian planting provides shade, shelter, and food for wildlife
⦁ Fencing keeps livestock away from 96% of our waterways
⦁ Tree and shrub roots filter Nitrogen from groundwater
⦁ Shade from strategic trees and plants at the toe of the slope provide fish habitat and reduce algae growth

Sediment

Sediment

Rain falls onto deforested land and carries sediment into the waterway.

Sediment

Sediment

Livestock can also increase erosion.

Sediment

Sediment

Sediment reduces water clarity.

Sediment

Sediment

Fine sediment can suffocate fish and increased nutrients cause undesirable plants and algae to grow.

Sediment

Sediment

⦁ Riparian planting provides shade, shelter, and food for wildlife

Sediment

Sediment

⦁ Riparian planting provides shade, shelter, and food for wildlife
⦁ Fencing keeps livestock away from 96% of our waterways

Sediment

Sediment

⦁ Riparian planting provides shade, shelter, and food for wildlife
⦁ Fencing keeps livestock away from 96% of our waterways
⦁ Tree and shrub roots filter Nitrogen and other pollutants from water run-off and reduces soil erosion

Sediment

Sediment

⦁ Riparian planting provides shade, shelter, and food for wildlife
⦁ Fencing keeps livestock away from 96% of our waterways
⦁ Tree and shrub roots filter Nitrogen and other pollutants from water run-off and reduces soil erosion
⦁ Shade from strategic trees and plants at the toe of the slope provide fish habitat and prevent algae growth

Sediment

Sediment

⦁ Riparian planting provides shade, shelter, and food for wildlife
⦁ Fencing keeps livestock away from 96% of our waterways
⦁ Tree and shrub roots filter Nitrogen and other pollutants from water run-off and reduces soil erosion
⦁ Shade from strategic trees and plants at the toe of the slope provide fish habitat and prevent algae growth

Nutrients

Nutrients

Nitrogen and Phosphorus from fertiliser pass over or through the soil and into the waterways.
Irrigation can increase the leaching of contaminants and reduce water levels in rivers and aquifers (groundwater).

Nutrients

Nutrients

Nitrogen and Phosphorus from fertiliser pass over or through the soil and into the waterways.
Irrigation can increase the leaching of contaminants and reduce water levels in rivers and aquifers (groundwater).

Nutrients

Nutrients

Soil moisture sensors tell farmers exactly when water will be absorbed by the soil minimising irrigation and leaching.
Riparian planting filters excess Nitrogen and Phosphorus before it reaches the waterways.

Nutrients

Nutrients

Soil moisture sensors tell farmers exactly when water will be absorbed by the soil minimising irrigation and leaching.
Riparian planting filters excess Nitrogen and Phosphorus before it reaches the waterways.

Nutrients

Nutrients

Soil moisture sensors tell farmers exactly when water will be absorbed by the soil minimising irrigation and leaching.
Riparian planting filters excess Nitrogen and Phosphorus before it reaches the waterways.

New Zealand's Total Consented Water Volume

New Zealand's Total Consented Water Volume

Canterbury accounted for 64 percent of the total consented volume of water for irrigation