[02 September/Scoop News] The Sustainable Dairy: Water Accord farmers and partners announced their achievements to date including fencing off dairy cattle from 24,249 kilometres of significant waterways, installing bridges and culverts on 100% of stock crossing points dairy cows use and developing riparian management plans. The Water Accord was signed in 2013 and represents a five-year voluntary commitment from New Zealand’s dairy farmers, DairyNZ, dairy processors and supporting partners to take a range of actions to improve New Zealand’s waterways. Alister Body, Chair of the Dairy Environment Leaders Group, a multi-sector group formed to be guardians of the Accord, reports that the Water Accord has seen dairy farmers across the country make a range of on-farm changes to improve their environmental management.