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Rules change for navigation safety

The rules for safety on the water change from July 1 – but boaties will still go to the same authorities for information.

Council makes no offer to Piako farmers

Environment Waikato has made no offer to upper catchment Piako farmers that costs would not be sought from them in exchange for the farmers dropping their court appeal over the Piako flood protection scheme.

Council concerned at rail cancellations

Environment Waikato is concerned about the cancellation of rail services through the Waikato Region – but wants to take a closer look at community demand and funding options.

Council approves plan for the decade

Environment Waikato has adopted its Strategic Plan for the next decade, approving a major 10 - year strategy to improve water quality in rivers and streams and withdrawing plans for an increase in separate biosecurity rates.

Community works on river planting

Environment Waikato, several other agencies, iwi and community groups are getting together this Friday to plant native plants on the banks of the Lower Waikato River.

Tongariro flooding a key project watershed issue

Who benefits from and who should pay for flood protection works on the Tongariro River was one of the major issues during open discussion on Environment Waikato’s Project Watershed at the latest Lake Taupo Liaison Sub Committee meeting.

Council to seek costs on Piako appeal

Environment Waikato’s Corporate Services Committee has recommended to Council that it seek costs from the group of upper catchment farmers who lost a judicial review of the Council’s Piako River rating decision.

Flood scheme underway

Environment Waikato has begun building flood protection works along the west bank of the Waikato River between Mercer and Meremere to protect about 356 hectares of low lying land from flooding and improve drainage.

Farmers appeal High Court rate ruling

A group of upper catchment farmers have appealed a High Court ruling that a rate imposed by Environment Waikato to fund the Piako River Scheme was legal.

Watershed debate on catchment work needed

Existing assets should be maintained but the jury is still out on the need for more catchment services under Environment Waikato’s Project Watershed, for the section of the Waikato River between Whakamaru and Ngaruawahia.