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07 February 2018

It takes a whole community to clean up a river

The Rere falls and rockslide, a popular swimming and recreational spot on the Wharekopae River near Gisborne, is being touted as an example of what can be achieved when farmers, the community and the local council work together to clean up waterways.

Three years ago, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Gisborne District Council, Ministry for the Environment and Rere farmers formed a collaboration to bring water quality up to a swimmable standard. Clear goals, good relationships between all parties, getting locals involved, the use of expert advice, setting milestones and measuring progress, are recommended tactics.

- Trevor Walton

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