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The Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee will consider funding two biodiversity projects in Lake Lyndon at its first meeting of the year on 2 February.
The committee, one of 10 water management zone committees in the Canterbury region, was allocated $500,000 over five years in Immediate Steps funding to help financially support those working to protect and restore biodiversity in the Selwyn Waihora area.
So far, the committee has allocated $437,232 to 29 different projects, while the remaining $62,768 must be allocated by June 2016.
Over the past decade recreational use of Lake Lyndon has increased, and the increase in vehicle use of the lake edge is causing substantial damage to the delicate ecosystem.
The lake is home to a small population of the nationally vulnerable southern crested grebe and several species of rare plants. The Department of Conservation has identified it as an area recommended for protection. The southern crested grebe has unsuccessfully attempted to nest at the lake during the past two summers.
The projects proposed would stop vehicle access to the lake by fencing both the northern and southern ends of the lake. This would be complimented with information boards explaining why the area has been fenced and the uniqueness of the plants and birds and additional signage at the nearest boat launching spot. A 1km fence would also be put in to prevent accidental stock incursion in the small ephemeral lake adjacent to the main lake. Read more...
Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee member John Sunckell responds to criticisms regarding the perception nothing is being done to improve water quality in the area.
Canterbury Water Management Strategy (pdf 3.28 MB)
Selwyn Waihora ZIP (pdf 2.40 MB)
Selwyn-Waihora ZIP addendum (1 MB)
Selwyn–Waihora Water Management Zone - Update of regulation requirements for water takes of 20 l/s or more (May 2013) (pdf 231 kB)
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