Integrated Catchment Management

Using Riparian Strips to Reduce Microbe Pollution

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Region: (e.g. Canterbury or NZ-wide) New Zealand - wide
Description: Rob Collins reports on operational research contracted by MAF to better understand the attenuation of microbes by riparian strips on farmland.

The faecal contamination of streams and rivers in New Zealand has raised concerns about a risk to public health. It can also restrict the recreational use of freshwaters and shellfish aquaculture in estuaries. The sources of faecal contamination of freshwaters are often diverse and can include point source discharges of industrial wastewaters and contamination by wild and feral animals.