Impact of dairy farms on Buller assessed

The Ministry for the Environment has responded to Fish & Game concerns by conducting an aerial inspection of dairy farms in the upper Buller catchment, including near the Tutaki, Matakitaki and Maruia rivers. The Ministry's report (PDF, 827k) criticises several farming practices; "A brief inspection of the catchment showed problems with stock access to streams, clearance of vegetation alongside streams and the development of wetlands," all of which compromise the Buller Water Conservation Order (2001). Update 13 January: link to Report corrected.