River / Road An Ecological Journey,

David Bramwell Cook
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Waste. Up to the late nineteenth century the river was the region’s artery. Road and rail arteries then replaced the river network, and the river became the down town drain. In 1956 the population Advisory Council stated that “the daily flow of sewage effluent and trade wastes from Hamilton City is three million gallons... in effect, partly digested sludge and raw sewage is being disposed of into the Waikato River.” Hamilton stopped pumping untreated sewage into the river in the early 1970s.
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506 x 437mm
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Collection of Waikato Museum
Te Whare Taonga O Waikato
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