While both urban and rural communities can agree on the importance of healthy waterways to New Zealand, it will still be difficult to balance agriculture's environmental impact and also sustain a strong economy. With that in mind, the Government's water policy announcement on Thursday will be anxiously awaited by many farmers wondering if it could affect the way they farm.

National's primary industries spokesman Todd Muller spoke to The Country's Jamie Mackay about his concerns that the Government's ideas of what is good for the environment may be bad for farming.

Mackay: Todd Muller, the floor is yours. How bad

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