Thumbs up for a tremendous job cleaning up Christchurch waterways

A key driver for the Christchurch West Melton Water Zone Committee members is to share information with as many people as possible about the small but significant steps we can all take to help improve the quality of our waterways.

Mother of All Clean Ups - a huge success

A huge thank you to all the Stormwater Super Hero volunteers who gave up their time for the Mother of All Clean Ups this year.  Over 700 people got involved with cleaning up the Ōtākaro, Ōpāwaho and Ihutai, Avon, Heathcote and Estuary, on Saturday 12 May. 

Volunteers collected an amazing 5.6 tonnes of waste which included 472 bags of rubbish, 77 dumped tyres and a rifle that was wrapped in plastic and subsequently handed over to the police!! 

In addition to thanking the individual volunteers, it’s also important to recognise the wide range of community groups, corporate and iwi representatives that helped, both on the day and with the planning for this event.

The Mother of All Clean Ups is a collaboration between Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust, Ōpāwaho Heathcote River Network, Conservation Volunteers NZ and Avon-Ōtākaro Network with support and sponsorship from City Care Ltd, Cassells Brewery and Christchurch City Council.

It always astounds me how much rubbish is collected at this annual river clean up and it shows the disregard that many have towards our waterways.  How great would it be if we didn’t have to hold this event!

Stormwater super hero clean-up participant

Keeping our storm water drains clean

On that note, it’s timely to remind people to think about the waste that is disposed down our storm water drains.  Last month over 1000 eels and fish were found dead in a stretch of Kaputone Creek in Belfast because of a contaminant that ended up in the river.  Its easy to show a bit of foresight before disposing of waste down our drains.

Red Zone Future exhibition opening 

Finally, it is exciting to see that the Red Zone Futures exhibition is opening in Cashel Mall on Saturday 26 May.  Like many others, I am keen to see the options for the Red Zone on the Ōtākaro and to have a say in the future of this area which is one of the key waterways in our zone.  I encourage you all to make sure you visit the exhibition and see the potential for enhancement of this area.

Our next Zone Committee meeting will be held at 6.00 pm on 24 May at the Environment Canterbury offices.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.