Story: Water resources

Water into milk

Water into milk

During the 1990s and 2000s dairy farming expanded into drier regions such as Canterbury. In these areas dairy farms need irrigation to grow enough pasture to feed the cows. This has increased the demand for water from rivers and streams and depleted their flow.

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Mike Scarsbrook and Charles Pearson, 'Water resources - Managing water resources', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Mike Scarsbrook and Charles Pearson, published 24 Nov 2008