Projects to clean up the Waikato River

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

The Waikato River Author­ity has an­nounced $6 mil­lion for river clean-up projects in its just com­pleted fund­ing round, with more than a third of these projects be­ing iwi led.

Over­all, a to­tal of 38 projects have been funded in 2018.

Author­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive Bob Pen­ter says a fea­ture of the fund­ing round has been a close align­ment with the Restora­tion Strat­egy for the Waikato and Waipa¯ rivers and the strong par­tic­i­pa­tion of river iwi.

“In re­cent years there has been a clear trend for suc­cess­ful projects to re­flect a strate­gic ap­proach to restor­ing and pro­tect­ing our rivers, streams and wet­lands. This has car­ried through in this fund­ing round. The strong in­volve­ment of river iwi is also wel­come,” says Bob.

The largest project to be funded this year is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the Waipa¯ Catch­ment Plan im­ple­men­ta­tion which will in­volve work­ing with ap­prox­i­mately 70 farm­ers and landown­ers within iden­ti­fied pri­or­ity catch­ments.

The $1.6 mil­lion of fund­ing will work to­wards re­duc­ing sed­i­ment lev­els go­ing into the Waipa¯ River and its trib­u­taries. Sed­i­ment from the Waipa¯ River is a ma­jor fac­tor in re­duc­ing the wa­ter qual­ity in the lower Waikato River.

Te Arawa River Iwi Trust has re­ceived fund­ing of $250,000 for a catch­ment mon­i­tor­ing project in the Ruahuwai Takiwa within the TARIT Up­per Waikato River rohe.

TARIT will be work­ing with a num­ber of tech­nol­ogy part­ners in the de­vel­op­ment of the catch­ment mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem and will be im­ple­ment­ing lead­ing-edge tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing real time wa­ter qual­ity sen­sors.

A project to study the ef­fec­tive­ness of the ‘trap and trans­fer’ of tuna (eel) species through flood and drainage con­trol sys­tems is also be­ing funded.

The project seeks to com­pare a down­stream trap and trans­fer pro­gramme with other op­tions re­quired to en­able safe fish pas­sage at pump sta­tion sites.

A suc­cess­ful trans­fer pro­gramme will max­imise down­stream mi­gra­tion of breed­ing adults and pro­vide ac­cess to up­stream habi­tat for ju­ve­niles. The project is re­ceiv­ing $110,000.

In the past eight years of fund­ing the Waikato River Author­ity has al­lo­cated more than $44 mil­lion to 288 clean-up projects

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