Rangitikei tourism operator bemoans drop in river water quality

Posted 03/02/2019

NZ Herald website

A tourism operator in the upper reaches of the once-pristine Rangitīkei River says its water is increasingly dirty and filled with nutrients that grow nuisance weeds.

Brian Megaw owns River Valley Lodge, an adventure tourism business at Pukeokahu. He said the thunderstorms of early summer washed soil from winter crop cultivation into the river, turning it a dark chocolate brown.

With the precious topsoil came nutrients like phosphorous that feed weedy growths on the river stones.

"We get more weed growth earlier in the season."

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