Manawatu River Clean-Up
The Manawatu River is highly polluted. This is largely due to runoff from surrounding dairy farms, but towns on the river’s edge also contribute to this pollution with untreated sewage and industrial waste. The Manawatu River Estuary at Foxton Beach is an internationally recognised Ramsar site (a wetland of ecological significance, designated under the Ramsar Convention).
Manawatu Estuary: “muddy wasteland” to “Wetland of International Importance”
The Manawatu Estuary has transformed significantly over the last century or more. In the 1800s, the mouth of the Manawatu River reached the sea several kilometres north of where it flows into the s…