Freshwater quality the country's most identified environmental issue

Posted 02/07/2019

 

Source: Stuff

 

According to Stats NZ,  80.2 per cent of Kiwis state there's a problem with the state of lakes, rivers, streams and aquatic life.

 

Freshwater quality is New Zealanders'   top environmental concern, according to research from Stats NZ. 

The datacomes from the New Zealand General Social Survey (GSS), a biennial snapshot looking at how New Zealanders are faring when it comes to living behaviours, housing costs and suitability and environmental concerns.

According to their findings, 80.2 per cent of Kiwis  say there's a problem with the state of lakes, rivers, streams and aquatic life. 

Nearly half of those people, 49.3 per cent, thought farming activities were to blame. The second most commonly stated cause was sewage and stormwater discharges at 16.6 per cent. 

 

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