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News and Events


Want to find out the latest on issues on rural water throughout Otago?  Check out our Waterlines newsletters below.  If you would like to view a Waterlines newsletter prior to 2015 please contact us.

Summer 2017


  • Clutha River/Mata-au: from the mountains to sea
  • Hejlea dairy farm wins water quality award
  • What's in that stream?
  • What's up in the Waiwera?
  • Forestry company falling for the fish
  • East Otago Field Days
  • Love your lake - what's the verdict on lake snow?
  • Science in the Shag
  • A day in the life of...
  • What's up at ORC?

Waterlines Summer 2017

Spring 2017


  • Happy cows thanks to sustainable farming
  • Students learn about farming while looking after the environment
  • Slink collection - what are your options?
  • What's your take on residual flows?
  • Saving the soil
  • What happens if things go wrong?
  • It seemed like a good idea at the time
  • Pointing the arrow to water in the Wakatipu
  • A day in the life of....
  • Enviroschools
  • What's up at ORC?
  • Events calendar

Waterlines Spring 2017

Winter 2017


  • Beautiful Bellview - the story of a wetland
  • How healthy are out estuaries?
  • National interest in expiring permits
  • Need advice about deemed permits? Call Bruce
  • North Otago farmers working together for better water quality
  • Can you swim safely in Otago?
  • Water Quality by 2021
  • Technology adds value to on-farm management
  • Profile on Otago Fish and Game Council
  • Time to think about winter grazing
  • A day in the life of...
  • In brief

Waterlines Winter 2017 (1 MB)

Summer 2017


  • Teed up for irrigation
  • New web portal launched
  • ORC facilitating meetings with affected parties
  • Profile on Kāi Tahu values
  • Workshop to set groundwork for new urban water quality strategy
  • Review environmental effets when applying for resource consent
  • Clutha Development: helping farmers
  • Minimum flow science study on Clutha River
  • Students get Water Wise
  • We're healthy and safe at ORC
  • A day in the life of...

Waterlines Summer 2017 (254 KB)

Spring 2016


  • Manuherikia: working together for a minimum river flow
  • Getting to the bottom of the lake snow problem
  • Support for dairy farmers as season kicks off
  • The wood and the trees
  • Farm flyover reveals soaring compliance
  • Water metering: a measured installation
  • Liaison specialists
  • Hopping mad
  • A day in the life of...

Waterlines Spring 2016 (638 KB)

Winter 2016


  • Award winners combine business smarts with environmental focus
  • Smart innovation wins foresters ORC award
  • Much to be proud of with Cardrona water quality
  • Timing of the essence in deemed permit conversion process
  • Are you Plan 6A ready?
  • ORC urges flexible approach to stock fencing proposal
  • Communities respond brilliantly to low flow situation
  • Urban water quality improvement on the agenda
  • Velvetleaf vigilance needs to be maintained

Waterlines Winter 2016 (4 MB)

Spring/Summer 2015


  • Pro-active water quality management pays dividends for AgResearch
  • Nutrient limits hold key to Kakanui algal bloom reduction
  • ORC promoting informed community debate on wilding conifer management
  • El Nino may persist through Otago summer
  • Buffer zones recommended for wintering paddocks
  • Agencies and ORC work together on water quality guidance
  • Lagarosiphon control works progressing

Waterlines Spring/Summer 2015 (6 MB)

Winter 2015


  • Targeted rates fund water quality work
  • ORC keen to collaborate with community on river management
  • Water quality information packs still available
  • Motivated couple win ORC water quality award
  • Compliance an important part of land management
  • Minimum flows vital for waterway protection
  • Councillors learn a lot from Pomahaka farmers
  • Time is of the essence for installing water measuring equipment
  • Effluent know-how aids better farming
  • Care needed when applying stored effluent
  • Get ready, get thru

Waterlines Winter 2015

Autumn 2015


  • Checking water quality on your farm - what to look for
  • Water quality information visits planned
  • Planning vital for winter grazing
  • Farmers step up during water crisis
  • Lakes farmers get behind water quality efforts
  • Community understanding key to environmental awareness
  • South features in river awards

Waterlines Autumn 2015 (2 MB)


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