May 14, 2014
Experts called in for river clean up
Waikato Regional Council has called in some of the country’s top environmental experts to help it manage water quality in the Waikato and Waipa river catchments.
Chief executive Vaughan Payne says the technical leaders group provides information to the Collaborative Stakeholder Group and decision makers on environmental, social, cultural and economic information about the catchments, and the consequences of different land management scenarios.
The council and its iwi partners are developing a new plan to help restore and protect the health of the rivers.
The seven-member group will be chaired by Dr Bryce Cooper, the general manager for strategy at the National Institute for Water and Atmosphere.
It also includes AgResearch Maori agribusiness principal scientists Dr Liz Wedderburn, Boffa Miskell principal Antoine Coffin, Waikato University resource economist Dr Graeme Doole, Dairy NZ environment policy manager Dr Mike Scarsbrook, NIWA freshwater ecologist Dr John Quinn, and the council’s resource information manager Dr Tony Petch.
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