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Lowly dung beetle could improve water quality in New Zealand

The local government is subsidizing the purchase of dung beetles by livestock farmers around Lake Wairarapa in New Zealand to manage nutrient buildup and improve water quality. Dung beetles "tunnel through soil and bury livestock dung, which aerates soil, improves the nutrient cycle and helps manage water absorption and dispersion," said Sue Kedgley, environment committee chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

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