Water Scientist Hits Back at Claims Around Waimea Dam Plan

The Waimea River, near Nelson, will be dry most summers if more water is pumped from the aquifers under the plains without augmentation, according to Landcare Research water scientist Andrew Fenemor.

If minimum flows in the river were to be maintained and seawater intrusion avoided, there needed to be limits on water taken from the aquifers, he said.

Fenemor is a former Tasman District Council environmental manager and a member of the newly formed Community Water Solutions Advisory Group, set up to advise the council and its proposed joint-venture partner in the $82.5 million dam project, Waimea Irrigators Ltd.

Andrew Fenemor says the Waimea dam project aims to provide an adequate water supply for all likely urban and rural ...

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Andrew Fenemor says the Waimea dam project aims to provide an adequate water supply for all likely urban and rural demands over the next 100 years

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