Res­i­dents urged to re­port prob­lem ar­eas

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

The poor qual­ity of water end­ing up in streams, rivers and the ocean can be a re­sult of con­tam­i­nated stormwa­ter from roofs, drive­ways and roads.

Coun­cil is start­ing work in the ur­ban ar­eas of Te Puke, Maketu¯, Lit­tle Waihı¯, Puke­hina and Paen­garoa and has drafted a plan to man­age the dis­charge of stormwa­ter.

Project en­gi­neer team leader Co­ral-Lee Er­tel urges peo­ple to let coun­cil know if they have no­ticed any con­tam­i­na­tion in lo­cal streams, or erod­ing stream banks.

“Locals are the best source of in­for­ma­tion — as they may no­tice wa­ter­ways de­te­ri­o­rat­ing, or stream banks erod­ing — and it’s this type of feed­back that will be very valu­able to us.

“It is crit­i­cal to make the dis­charge of stormwa­ter into the en­vi­ron­ment as safe as pos­si­ble — that’s what this man­age­ment plan process is all about.”

Coun­cil is re­spon­si­ble for man­ag­ing stormwa­ter in its ur­ban catch­ments and it is plan­ning to do this through an in­te­grated catch­ment man­age­ment plan (CMP) ap­proach. These man­age­ment plans are al­ready un­der way in the cen­tral and west­ern ur­ban catch­ments of moko­roa, Te Puna, Min­den, Katikati and Waihı¯ Beach.

Coun­cil has prepared a draft plan for the east­ern ur­ban ar­eas and this is out for public feed­back un­til Oc­to­ber 19.

The aim is to de­velop and con­tin­u­ally im­prove the meth­ods of stormwa­ter dis­charge in to the en­vi­ron­ment.

The draft plan is avail­able on the coun­cil web­site and at the Te Puke Li­brary.

Feed­back will help coun­cil in­clude any new knowl­edge on dif­fer­ent land use types (ur­ban, or mix of land-use types) within the east­ern catch­ments so that stormwa­ter man­age­ment can be im­proved.

This plan does not in­clude any of the ru­ral catch­ment in the east­ern re­gion, as this is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Bay of Plenty Re­gional Coun­cil.

There will be in­for­ma­tion on hand at the Maketu com­mu­nity mar­ket day on Septem­ber 16 and at a drop-in in­for­ma­tion event at Te Puke LI­brary on Septem­ber 20 from 5pm-7pm.

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