Creek management inquiry

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Investigations are being carried out into how Timaru’s Saltwater Creek will be managed in the future.
The Timaru District Council officially received ownership of the 19ha wetland property from the Otipua Wetland Charitable Trust on July 1, 2016.
A working group consisting of runanga, Environment Canterbury, Fish & Game, the Department of Conservation, Timaru Rowing Club and farming representatives was formed to focus on the long-term management of the wetland.
ECan Orari-Temuka-Opihi-Pareora zone manager Michael Hide said the group had identified key issues and was considering potential solutions to be presented as recommendations to the Orari-Temuka-Opihi-Pareora water zone committee in August.
The group held its first meeting on April 17 and was scheduled to meet for a progress update on May 23, Mr Hide said.
“The working group have identified some scientific information they would like to gather to help inform their recommendations.
“These include investigating different options for controlling weed growth in summer, looking at measures to support native fish and wildlife, and gaining a clearer understanding of what activities and mitigations affect the flow and creek level, particularly above the weir, where the rowers practise.”
ECan staff had been asked to help gather scientific and technical information for the working group in the coming months.
The area, once described as a wasteland, is now a place for the community to visit and enjoy the type of wetland found along the Canterbury coastline 200 years ago.
It was bought by the Otipua Wetland Charitable Trust in 1997 and developed through initiatives by regional authorities, community organisations and the public in a combined effort to restore the area to its former beauty.
Thousands of volunteer hours have been spent replanting and carving out tracks for pedestrians and cyclists.