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Written by Northland Regional Council   
Thursday, 12 August 2010

Environmental Monitoring Officer Franco Meyer checks a sediment pond at the site of Whangarei's Kamo Bypass extension.

Officials are hoping up to 90 Northland contractors and consultants will attend one of a series of seminars designed to better protect the regionís waterways from harmful sediment runoff.

Franco Meyer, an Environmental Monitoring Officer with the Northland Regional Council (NRC), says although soil is a natural substance, few people realise it has long been one of the most serious and common pollutants of Northlandís waterways.

For that reason, under both the Resource Management Act and the Regional Councilís Water and Soil Plan, people have a legal obligation to minimise/manage sediment discharges. Those found breaching the rules risk penalties ranging from $750 Ďinstant finesí to prosecution.

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