Letter: Misplaced blame

Last updated 12:09 17/01/2013

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OPINION: On the front page (January 5), you report about a low-level Escherichia coli concern in the Glendhu Bay holiday park water supply.

Fine so far, but then you report Greg Hartshorne, of the Queenstown Lakes District Council, as saying, "The amount of water flowing into the lake had increased since the heavy rainfall earlier in the week and there were dairy farms in the area".

To my knowledge there are no dairy farms in the Lake Wanaka catchment. I am prepared to be informed to the contrary by Mr Hartshorne should The Southland Times ask him the question.

Regardless, it is easy to tire from the incessant non-evidence-based alarmism over environmental matters.

In 2013, my wish would be for these alarmist agendas to be exorcised.

Society must be informed properly about the need to use the environment responsibly and that the evolution of ideas and knowledge transfer must be allowed to flourish as it has done since time began, impeded only by political power and those who promote a fear of the future, as I have observed during the past couple of decades.

Irrational pessimism or rational optimism: Which do you prefer?

DON NICOLSON
Waimatua

Queenstown Lakes District Council communications manager Meaghan Miller replies: The boil-water notice for Glendhu Bay has now been lifted. The reasons for the low-level presence of E coli in the Glendhu supply are not clear. There does appear to be a correlation between water quality and heavy rain, but the council has no evidential basis for inferring that farming is in any way related. Mr Hartshorne regrets having made such an inference.

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