Help protect our waterways from freshwater pests
This summer our dedicated freshwater advocacy officers will be out and about again to help show freshwater users how to 'Check, Clean, Dry', in order to protect our busy waterways from aquatic pests.
With border restrictions and higher sales of watercraft a feature of 2020-21, more people than usual will be out on our lakes and waterways this summer.
An estimated 1.7 million kiwis will get out on the water, and it's important that they ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ their items and protect our waterways.
Advocacy officers around the country - with training from the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) - will continue to share practical information on how to protect Canterbury’s fresh waterways from aquatic pests, including didymo and lagarosiphon. These pest plants heavily impact our country’s most precious rivers and lakes, spreading easily through a single drop of water or plant fragment.
Advocacy officer Zoe Arts will be at various locations over summer, based in Twizel between 21 December 2020 and 8 January 2021. She will be visiting different lakes and talking to freshwater recreationalists about how we can all protect our busy lakes and waterways. Please come and say hi, and ask any questions you may have.
- Aquatic pests to look out for and how you can Check, Clean, Dry to help protect our waterways this summer.
- An MPI video on how to stop the spread of unwanted freshwater pests.
- Simple things you can do to Love Our Lakes.