Scientist to host lake hour
Wanaka aquatic scientist Laurel Teirney is ‘‘all on’’ for creating a grass roots community catchment plan for Lake Wanaka.
Teirney has decided to operate independently from recently established water interest groups, including the Lake Wanaka Trust and the Upper Clutha Water Group.
She has formed her own company, Lake River Sea, and is selffunding her project.
Now she is inviting the community to a Happy Hour, to learn how they can get involved.
‘‘I am doing this without Min- istry for Environment or agency money. This will be my last gasp for freshwater,’’ the 68-year-old retired scientist said.
‘‘The plan will take about two years. One for the community/ agency group to develop the draft, one for consultation and finalising the plan,’’ she said.
Teirney first explained her vision for an integrated community and agency plan for Lake Wanaka and the catchment at a happy hour in February.
Her vision is based on successful catchment planning work she facilitated with Fiordland and Kaikoura communities.
She asks attendees to bring a brief description along of what they want the lake to be like in 10 or 20 years, to put in a special box.
Teirney hopes to form a working group at the meeting.
The meeting is at the Lake Wanaka Centre auditorium from 5.30pm, Friday August 11.
Doors open at 4.30pm for an informal chat and a complimentary drink before the meeting begins.
‘‘This will be my last gasp for freshwater.’’
Aquatic scientist Laurel Teirney