New Zealand: Ongoing Dairy Pollution of Te Waikoropupu Springs Reserve

April 17th, 2017

Disclosure: I am involved with the effort to bring attention to the pollution and water take issues at Te Waikoropupu Springs Reserve.

Intensive dairy farming is destroying freshwater resources around New Zealand. It turns out the crown jewel of them all, a national treasure and a globally unique ecosystem is now threatened.

How does this look for the Clean, Green New Zealand brand?


Fish Creek, which feeds directly into Te Waikoropupu Springs Reserve, is being severely polluted by dairy runoff several times a month when it rains, with E.coli >2000/100mL at the point where Fish Creek flows into the Springs Reserve.

4 Responses to “New Zealand: Ongoing Dairy Pollution of Te Waikoropupu Springs Reserve”

  1. Dennis Says:

    When I was there a few years ago, I was astounded at how close cow paddocks were to the spring itself. I thought that at the least there would be a buffer similar to those used to purify greywater.

  2. Kevin Says:

    The pictures and videos of frothy poo water in that area are bad, but I hope people in the NZ Government (yes, I know you’re reading) will please consider the mountain of expert analysis contained on the site.

  3. pookie Says:

    Kiwis should put up billboards at NZ airports that advise tourists to:

    Visit Te Waikoropupu Springs!
    (before dairy farmers turn it into a giant cow toilet)

  4. Dennis Says:

    That is probably the most efficient way to finally get something done…I wonder what a couple of billboards would cost.

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