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Unswimmable: Two-thirds of monitored NZ river sites grade poorly for E. coli contamination

A just-released snapshot paints another worrying picture for New Zealand’s rivers, with two-thirds of monitored sites graded poorly for harmful E. coli.

Data published this morning by the collaborative Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (Lawa) project also showed some troubling trends for our lakes – of which 60 per cent were being plighted by algal and plant growth stemming from nutrient pollution.

While there were signs of gradual improvement in some indicators, the latest results, showing data from and up to 2022, suggest more effort is needed to turn the trends around.

As Queenstown hilariously choke on their water pollution, we now hear two thirds of monitored rivers are polluted by intensive farming, it’s time to reflect on how 3 Waters was manufactured into an existential race war.

You know what the most clever trick in the 3 Waters Culture War is?

It’s not how commercial agricultural interests have funded culture war groups to denigrate the debate into ‘Maaaaaaari is stealing da water’.

It’s not how Iwi had a whole bunch of fish hooks added into the guts of the legislation that give them veto powers in the The Te Mana o Te Wai statements.

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And it’s not how Chinese Business Banks have led delegations to Scotland to copy their water structures which ultimately make them easier to privatise.

Oh no.

It’s none of those tricks (although those tricks are neat), No. The pure genius of 3 Waters is the total focus on pipes and drains which amount to 1% of water ways. All the streams, lakes, rivers that are heavily polluted aren’t really part of this.

This won’t make those water ways safer.

We have 10million cows in this country.

Each cow shits the same as 14 humans.

That’s 140 humans pissing and shitting into every water way we have throughout NZ.

3 Waters focuses only on the existing infrastructure of water in this country, that does jack shit to stop the agricultural industry from polluting everything else.

We have been tricked into arguments over water infrastructure ownership without dealing with the current waste being pumped into our waterways.

The planet is burring and we continue to fiddle.

Which is the way the corporate agricultural industry wants it!

 

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