Water quality and fisheries in lakes Pauri and Wiritoa are on a highway to hell and the people responsible aren't doing anything, concerned Whanganui resident George Matthews says.

He says it's irking him that Whanganui Prison is still discharging stormwater into the stream that links the two lakes while the Corrections Department's consent application to continue the discharge is on hold.

Corrections proposes to clean up the discharge by installing a filter system and excluding groundwater from surrounding farms and diverting the stormwater.

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