The Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme is leading the way in water quality management, because our approach is supported by science and technology.
Some of our strategies have an immediate effect on water quality, such as phosphorus locking and weed harvesting. These actions provide a short term solution, but as soon as we stop these interventions, we risk allowing water quality to decline again.
We’re also focused on sewerage reticulation and land use change - these strategies take time to have an effect on water quality but will provide sustainable long-term improvements.
In line with our vision and goals, we use a combination of both short term and long term interventions so we can enjoy our lakes now while our long term actions have time to take effect.
Below is a summary of both our long and short term strategies: