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Revised Freshwater Policy Will Help Improve New Zealand’s Freshwater Management


PRESS RELEASE - Land & Water Forum

9 August 2017

Revised Freshwater Policy Will Help Improve New Zealand’s Freshwater Management

The government has taken an important step in improving New Zealand’s freshwater management in the revised National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management (NPS-FM).

The Chair of the Land and Water Forum, Dr. Hugh Logan, is pleased that recommendations the Forum made last year have now been incorporated in the latest NPS-FM – particularly action on river ecosystem health using two key water quality measures – nutrients, and the macro-invertebrate community index (MCI), which measures the different varieties of small aquatic animals that exist in the river ecosystem.

“We are very pleased that regional councils will now be required by law to not only monitor MCI, but also to act where it is declining,” says Dr. Logan. See full Press Release