$9 Million to Drain a Sinking Farmed Wetland Below Sea Level ?

A Waikato Regional Council (WRC) project near Ngatea on the Hauraki Plains to use pumps and a canal to drain 1100 hectares of farmland on sinking peatland/wetland has seen the cost rise steeply from $2 million in 2013 to $9 million today.  The cost benefit analysis carried out was deficient, and the latest research on potential climate change impacts has not been adequately considered.  A rigorous review of the project is required.

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Climate Action Will Be Front and Centre For Regional Council’s Decision-Making

Following the recommendation from the Climate Action Committee to the Waikato Regional Council to lower its in-house greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030, a consistent and transparent process for incorporating climate change implications into Council’s work programmes and decisions has been adopted.Read More »