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Land use

What happens on land affects the water.

Land use activities such as septic tanks, waste water, farming and agriculture affect water quality as they produce nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorous) that enter the lakes and for several of the Rotorua Te Arawa lakes has led to a decline in water quality.

Managing what is being done on land is one of the key focuses for the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme.

Supporting the goal of the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Water and Land Plan addresses these issues through regulatory and non-regulatory methods which include: