23 Feb 2017

Ecologist, Mike Joy criticises govts swimmable rivers target

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:18 pm on 23 February 2017
Swimming in a NZ river

Swimming in a NZ river Photo: 123rf

The Government today announced a target of 90 per cent of New Zealand's lakes and rivers meeting swimmable water quality standards by 2040, alongside releasing new policy, regulations, information maps and funding to help achieve the new goal.

But freshwater ecologist Mike Joy argues that this target is only possible because the government has changed the measurement of swimmability, and now double to concentration of ecoli is allowed.

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