Grave threat to springs

LETTER

Can Tasman District Council please explain, in language we can all readily understand and supporting its argument with clear and irrefutable evidence, how it serves the public interest not only to renew but also to massively increase the water resource consents of a handful of large, intensive dairy farmers. These farmers already have queued applications and under present New Zealand law can sell their land and its valuable water rights to foreign corporations and financiers, while leaving all those who live downstream of the effects to bear the potentially catastrophic cost of this private exploitation of the public water resource . . . which, owing to increased pollution and low river flow, gravely threatens our priceless and sacred Te Waikoropupu Springs.

Steve Penny, Founder, Save Our Springs campaign

Can Tasman District Council please explain, in language we can all readily understand and supporting its argument with clear and irrefutable evidence, how it serves the public interest not only to renew but also to massively increase the water resource consents of a handful of large, intensive dairy farmers. These farmers already have queued applications and under present New Zealand law can sell their land and its valuable water rights to foreign corporations and financiers, while leaving all those who live downstream of the effects to bear the potentially catastrophic cost of this private exploitation of the public water resource . . . which, owing to increased pollution and low river flow, gravely threatens our priceless and sacred Te Waikoropupu Springs.

Steve Penny, Founder, Save Our Springs campaign

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    The council estimates $13.2 million of work is needed on private drainage systems to help limit wastewater discharges into city rivers, along with $25m-$65m more work on the public wastewater and stormwater systems. Do you think private property owners should pay to repair their systems, the council, or a council subsidy such as interest-free loans?