This video shows the failure of the sediment traps, as precious topsoil, soaked in chemical fertiliser and pesticide flow freely into the lake. This same process is causing massive pollution issues in NZ streams, rivers and beaches, but it is particularly catastrophic for lakes and wetlands, where the polluted water is trapped. Underwater springs that used to supply the lake are also blocked by this sediment.
Although councils say they are improving our waterways, common sense says otherwise. Don’t believe the propaganda you are fed by councils, government, media, corporates and business, at the expense of the environment.
Look at what you can see and try to identify the sources. There are two dairy farms that boarder Lake Horowhenua, which is dwarfed by 538 hectares of vegetable growing land. The rivers and drains feeding the Lake pass through Levin township and are boardered by vegetable growers, beef and dairy farmers and forestry. The most obvious issue is the topsoil being washed into the rivers – exposed (ungrassed) topsoil in vegetable growing and harvesting of forestry appear to be the most vulnerable to this, given current practices.
A solution of best practices for each farming industry outside big business and lobby groups needs to be developed. It began decades ago when Lake Horowhenua was used as a sewer and anything downstream could feed an already polluted waterway, unfortunately little has changed. The facts can be supported by video and statistics that overwhelmingly show a deterioration in our waterways, coupled with an exponential growth in alliance of big government and big business covering up and protecting polluters. Compounded by researchers who focus on one aspect, and fail to see the big picture, misidentifying the biggest polluters.
Imported insecticides, fungicides, fertilisers and weed killers are now directed into the lake through newly dug drains. Unscreened toxic waste is imported to the landfill from greater Wellington, courtesy of the Councils. Councils spin stories to suit themselves. But a small sandy region can’t absorb thousands of tonnes of toxic pollution. This is a nightmare councils are leaving future generations of this community and throughout small town NZ.
Video sourced from youtube gigadigs channel – Published on Sep 2, 2018