Sci­en­tist to host lake hour

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - MAR­JORIE COOK

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.’’

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Aquatic sci­en­tist Lau­rel Teir­ney

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