Dairy ef­flu­ent af­fects stream for 2.2km

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The di­rec­tors of a farm near Waver­ley have been fined $54,000 af­ter dairy ef­flu­ent flowed over a bank and af­fected a stream for 2.2km.

Kevin and Diane Goble pleaded guilty to two charges un­der the Re­source Man­age­ment Act in the En­vi­ron­ment Court at New Ply­mouth on July 10. They are di­rec­tors of Block 8 Farm, in Block Eight Rd, near Waito­tara.

The charges were brought by Taranaki Re­gional Coun­cil. Its of­fi­cers reg­u­larly in­spect farm ef­flu­ent treat­ment sys­tems.

They found the prop­erty’s sys­tem did not com­ply with its con­sent con­di­tions. Dairy ef­flu­ent from the sec­ond pond was flow­ing 40m down a steep bank into a trib­u­tary of the Mouma­haki Stream, coun­cil re­source man­age­ment di­rec­tor Fred McLay said.

“The dis­charge was dark coloured and odor­ous.

“The un­named trib­u­tary was ob­served to be sig­nif­i­cantly af­fected along the en­tire 2.2km length.”

Con­sent hold­ers have a duty to check and main­tain their ef­flu­ent treat­ment sys­tems reg­u­larly, to pro­tect valu­able fresh­wa­ter, McLay said. Coun­cil of­fi­cers check the sys­tems once a year, and more of­ten if nec­es­sary, and will take en­force­ment ac­tion.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing that a small mi­nor­ity of farm­ers are still not op­er­at­ing to the re­quired stan­dards that the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of farms achieve.”

A sec­ond Taranaki dairy farm also pleaded guilty on July 10 and was fined. It was in Mid­hirst, and was fined $45,000.

Kevin and Diane Goble could not be con­tacted for com­ment.

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