Ted Talks: It’s all about the little things

We’re halfway through the year and it feels like so many things are happening in our zone.

The zone committee has many targets for improving the quality of our water with four priority areas – wetlands, Waiau Toa/Clarence River, nutrient management and the Lyell Creek.

The 2016 earthquake is still impacting our lives and our waterways, and we’re seeing that particularly with large slips in the headwaters of many rivers making them flow murky. This will likely continue for years to come.
Lyell Creek has a lot of attention on it this year. NIWA scientists have looked at it and are currently writing up a report of recommendations for action to improve water quality.

Most of the big easy wins have been done

Now we are down to the “death by a thousand tiny cuts”, the seemingly insignificant things: the tiny leak in sewer pipe, the compost on the bank (or by the back fence near the stream), the doggy doo thrown into the long grass on the stream bank, the car wash that goes into the storm-water pipe and straight to the creek.

The state of our waterways, like everything else around us, is very much a function of what we individually choose to do. Noticing what we do is the first and most important step in creating a positive change.

If you notice something that you can’t fix, tell someone who can.  If you have an issue that is slightly more than you can manage, talk to one of us in confidence, and we may be able to help with resources to sort it out.

We can and do all make a difference in the quality of our environment. Make it a positive one.

Beautiful riparian planting along Lyell Creek

An immediate steps planting project on Lyell Creek is providing shade over the water, stabilising banks and improving habitat

Eroded and damaged riverbed

Pugging caused by stock near Lyell Creek has resulted in sediment and e-coli entering the water