Report shows NZ waterways polluted – Science Media Centre posts expert reaction

The Environment Aotearoa 2019 report released today (here) shows why the Government’s plan to clean up our waterways and make New Zealand carbon-neutral is so crucial, Environment Minister David Parker said.

Released by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ, the report shows the country’s waterways are polluted in both farming and urban areas and many rivers in both are unsuitable for swimming.

There were no big surprises, Mr Parker said.

“We’ve known for years about the pollution and damage we’ve been causing to our oceans and freshwater, climate and biodiversity.” Continue reading