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Find out more about Rotorua’s lakes

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 3:00 p.m.

Ever wanted to know what’s going on in Rotorua’s lakes?

Come along to an evening to find out more about some of the research projects being undertaken for the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme. The session will be held on Wednesday 8 October, 6pm at the Holiday Inn, Rotorua.

The evening will be hosted by Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the University of Waikato. Regional Council Lake Operations Manager Andy Bruere said projects to restore the Rotorua lakes were leading the way in fresh water management.

“We want to share this research with everyone. Some of these projects are ground-breaking,” Mr Bruere said.

“The research done by the University is an essential part of the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme to protect and restore 12 lakes in the district. With the University’s support we’ve found some innovative solutions that have improved the health of many of the lakes,” he said.

The research ranges from understanding the geochemistry of Rotorua’s lakes (the science that uses chemistry to explain what’s happening in the lakes), to the economics of lake restoration, sustainable farming and research into Lakes Okataina and Okaro.

The University’s Lakes Chair, Professor David Hamilton, said that showing the results of the research to people in the community was important for the programme and would provide an overview of the science projects.

“Our research for the programme is wide and varied, and the evening is an opportunity to outline all the different research projects we are doing, as well as more detailed findings on specific projects,” he said.

The topics to be covered include how the lake monitoring buoys work, the economics of lake restoration, connecting forest health to water quality in Lake Okataina, making farming sustainable, greenhouse gas emissions from the lakes.

For more information or to book your place, go to www.rotorualakes.co.nz

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