Canterbury water talk August 2019

The Canterbury region is a case-study for the failure of freshwater management in New Zealand. The last 3 – 4 decades have seen a massive unlimited change in landuse intensity, from dry sheep and beef farming and cropping to intensive irrigated dairy. This talk will highlight the incredible pace of change in landuse and the equally rapid concurrent decline in the health of rivers lakes and groundwater.  The failure of ECAN to do anything to halt the freshwater declines and the politicisation of freshwater policy at central government that played a big part in this failure will also be revealed.

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