A rural community that proactively responded to the challenge of declining water quality has been shortlisted for the finals at this year's prestigious Morgan Foundation NZ Riverprize.
In January, February and March 2015, Federated Farmers and DairyNZ conducted a nationwide survey of dairy farmers to find out what they had spent on environmental initiatives over the past five years.
Farmers in the Pomahaka River catchment in southwest Otago have teamed up to test water in their catchment to identify why and where water quality problems are occurring and improve farm practices where needed.
Farmers, the regional council, industry organisations and the community are working together to help improve the health of the Waituna Lagoon.
Farmers have been digging deep for more than a decade now - both with a spade and in their pockets as part of a flagship national project that's protecting Taranaki waterways.
Farmers are borrowing big money for environmental projects on their farms with one bank alone lending more than $60 million.
A ground-breaking collaboration between dairy industry body DairyNZ, the Waikato River Authority and Waikato Regional Council is lining up to better protect and restore the Waikato River.
Northland dairy farmer Shayne O’Shea is delighted that community efforts over the past 10 years to improve water quality have been recognised by a NZ River Award.
Developing a vision, learning from thought-provoking speakers and visiting Parliament were at the forefront of the recent Dairy Environment Leaders' Forum held in Wellington.