Stream gets clean up
Katikati Sea Scouts and Uretara Estuary Managers volunteers combined forces to clear rubbish from the banks of the Uretara Stream.
Members of both groups met at The Landing, after school, under heavy skies and threatening rain. Armed with plenty of rubbish bags, gloves, kayaks and enthusiasm the group trawled the stream banks for two hours collecting half a car trailer full of rubbish.
Cub leader DebWilson said the task would contribute to their community service, as well as honing their skills on the water. Uretara Estuary Manager’s (UEM) chairman Lawrie Donald said it was great to involve another community group in this aspect of UEM’s environmental work.
“We had a simple mantra for this clean up, if it does not belong in the river, then we remove it.
“The young people responded brilliantly to the challenge, especially enjoying vying for the spot prize for the weirdest piece of rubbish.”
Although some “interesting rubbish” was collected, no clear winner meant the chocolate bar was enjoyed by all.
UEMwish to acknowledge and thankMichaela Jefferson, BOP Regional Council coastal land management officer, and Ilze Kruis, Western Bay of Plenty District Council environmental solid waste team leader, for providing resources and support for this project.
Parentswith children who are interested to learn more about Sea Scouts can phone Deb on 021 0338504 for more information and those interested to learn more about UEM’s work can contact Lawrie Donald on 021 859929.
Many hands made light work cleaning up the banks of the Uretara Stream where the mantra was: if it does not belong in the river, remove it.