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A multi-award winning charity is seeking feedback and support from the Upper Waitaki Water Zone Committee on two proposals in the zone at its meeting on April 15.
Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust founder Sam Judd will attend the zone committee’s meeting to discuss the possibility of a “Love your Lake” campaign with regards to Lake Benmore, and projects in Willow Burn.
The organisation, which focusses on cleaning up rubbish from waterways and improving water quality, has helped motivate more than 48,000 people to remove over 1 million litres of rubbish from waterways and plant more than 25,000 trees on the riparian margin.
The proposed “Love Your Lake” project will focus efforts around developing community stewardship for Lake Benmore.
It seeks to do this through getting the community actively involved in caring for the lake through clean-ups, and plantings. It also seeks to provide composting toilets at key sites along the lake, and create educational materials on the impact of humans on the lake.
The Willow Burn project would build on the work of local farmers and their Farm Environment Plans by assisting in implementing their FEPs to improve water quality while still providing for stock water and financially sustainable farms; protecting and enhancing natural habitats; and creating educational and training programmes to improve long-term water quality. Read more...
Over the last year the Upper Waitaki Zone Committee has been focused on developing water quality recommendations and on-the-ground actions to deliver the community’s aspirations for water management in the zone. Plan Change 5 Waitaki has been notified, and the committee held public meetings to explain the changes. Submissions close on 11 March.
The committee is also making progress towards an integrated monitoring framework for the Waitaki, which will facilitate data sharing between the regional council and the community.
$90,000 has been committed to a preemptive weed control proposal which will see projects targeted at emergent weed threats to the biodiversity of the basin.
A report has been received and an action plan and funding discussed for improving the Willowburn Stream walk.
Upper Waitaki Zone Committee chairman Barry Shepherd looks back on the work of the committee during 2015. Read more here...
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