2 Sep 2009

Funding boost for peat lake protection

5:39 am on 2 September 2009

Waikato Regional Council hopes funding grants to help retire land around two peat lakes will encourage other landowners to consider doing the same.

The council has been given almost $100,000 to help with replanting and fencing off areas around the Maratoto and Mangahia Lakes, near Hamilton.

The funds have come from two grants from the Waikato Catchment Ecological Enhancement Trust and the Department of Conservation.

The council says the lakes have been declining because of excess nutrients flowing from surrounding farmland, land drainage and introduced pests.

It says there are over 30 peat lakes in the region, some of which are privately owned.

Lake management officer Keri Neilson says the council is willing to find partners to help fund replanting and fencing work around them.