$24million Reallocated for Lake Rotorua Cleanup

The Government will reallocate $24million to a new project that encourages land owners in the Lake Rotorua catchment to switch to low nitrogen land uses or find other ways to reduce the amount of nitrogen polluting the lake water.

Environment Minister Amy Adams recently announced, "The Rotorua community has asked us to shift existing funding commitments to a land use management and change project as part of the Rotorua Te Arawa lakes water quality improvements programme."

She was particularly pleased to see the project had the backing of the primary sector and iwi as part of collaborative efforts to clean up the water quality of the iconic and nationally significant lakes.  The water quality of the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes has improved in the last year but while these results are encouraging, there is still work to be done with the need to implement the land use management and change efforts so that these results can continue into the future.

Local MP, Todd McClay, was pleased that a sustainable solution had been found which would mean the funding would remain in Rotorua and that work could continue towards returning the lakes and waterways to clean health.

(Rotorua Daily Post - 28 Apr 2014)


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