I amsure many other people are as disgusted as I amwith the long-standing practice of some farmers of opening the gate (or not repairing the fence) so that their stock can access waterways and the adjacent grass growth. This undermines the good work so many other farmers and organisations are doing to ensure stock are kept out of streams and rivers.
I amequally disgusted with what seems to be the lax attitude of various regional councils in response to these long-reported and now visually-documented instances of abusing the commons.
If in fact there are not rules prohibiting such occurrences, then what have regional councils been thinking?
If humans aren’t allowed to discharge their effluent directly to waterways and if farmers have to apply dairy shed effluent to land, and if drains and streams on farms have to be culverted to avoid stock walking through them, why would there not be rules prohibiting stock being in waterways out in the back blocks where it’s not so often seen?
After all, last time I looked, water still runs downhill and it all ends up in the same rivers and at the same estuaries.