1 May 2012

Waikato River dairy environment project gets funding

11:27 pm on 1 May 2012

A large-scale environmental farm management and monitoring project in Waikato is expected to have flow-on benefits for the entire dairy industry.

Waikato River Authority has granted industry body DairyNZ $685,000 towards a three-year project to reduce nutrient and sediment loads in the river's upper Karapiro catchment.

The dairy industry will contribute two-thirds of the cost of the project, which Dairy NZ's chief executive Tim Mackle says is the biggest catchment clean-up exercise the sector has been involved in.

The Karapiro project will provide a guide for environmental management in other catchments also, he says.