31st Aug & 1st Sept 2017 – Rotorua
Catfish, Lakeweeds and Nutrients
– Complex Lake Systems Restoration
Thursday 31st August – Friday 1st September 2017
Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
Including: The Mayor’s Environmental Forum (5.30pm-6.30pm Thurs 31st Aug) featuring Sir Rob Fenwick (NZ Business Hall of Fame inductee)
and Rod Oram (investigative journalist and environmentalist)
New science, new modelling, new actions
“Learn how to improve freshwater quality from the practical experience and knowledge gained in the restoration of the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes”
* Dr Lindsay Chadderton – international expert in the use of eDNA for the detection of pest fish
* Prof. David Hamilton – leading international researcher in freshwater science
* Dave Hansford – independent investigator and author of “Protecting Paradise”
Freshwater management is a major issue affecting every region of New Zealand. Every week a new report highlights the plight of fresh water degradation, over-allocation and competing uses.
For 50 years the improvement of water quality has been a major issue for the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes, with algal blooms and exotic lakeweed incursions featuring over many decades. Yet, there has also been much learning and significant progress. The Rotorua community – Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Rotorua Lakes Council, Te Arawa Lakes Trust, Lakeswater Quality Society and the ‘community at large’ – have been at the forefront of good science and practical action to address deteriorating water quality. New learnings for the wider New Zealand catchment continue to evolve.
The management of the Rotorua Lakes is now moving into a new phase. A diverse range of remediation measures have been trialled and successfully implemented, but the job is not yet done. Many challenges remain and continuing vigilance and effort is needed to restore our lakes to a more pristine condition.
The 2017 LWQS Symposium focuses on new science, new modelling, and new actions to build on what has already been done.
Key issues to be considered are:
* Effects of invasive pests (plants, fish and animals) on water quality, freshwater habitat and catchments, and in particular the effect of recent catfish incursions;
* Control measures for invasive pests;
* Freshwater and lakeswater quality management strategies (including nutrient management, lakeweed control and lake restoration planning);
* Understanding the value of freshwater resources and how we might fund restoration programmes;
* The politics of freshwater management and how the community needs to be involved;
* The role of local community organisations in effecting change.
Please note the symposium dates in your diary, and plan to be there.
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