[5 April/The Country]

DairyNZ’s team of environmental scientists, policy advisers and sustainability were taking a solutions focused approach to help farmers meet environmental limits and improve water quality. Levies were being used to deliver science and tools that gave confidence that any required changes were sound. DairyNZ were working with regional councils, crown research institutes, and other science providers to provide the best peer-reviewed science in a transparent way. They wanted to know what drove water quality and what makes it change. They also wanted to know which on-farm solutions were best for the problems. Detainment bunds that intercept and collect overland runoff during storms are one of the tools that can be used to reduce phosphorous and sediment losses by more than half. By sharing the research with farmers they hoped to achieve and exceed water quality goals.