Discarded paint should not be allowed into the stormwater drains.
Urban Water Quality
Whilst river health is improving up in the Maitai Valley, we do still have some problems with water quality in our city streams. This is a nationwide issue because when rain falls on to roads, roofs and other hard surfaces, city grime is washed straight into our streams. Also many people don’t realise that outside drains at home are usually directly connected to the local stream. This means that any paint, detergent or garden chemicals washed into outside drains can have a harmful effect on local stream life..
We recently held two stakeholder meetings to decide the approach to tackling these problems. Project Maitai/Mahitahi is joining with Nelson Nature so we can focus on all our city streams, not just the Maitai catchment. Did you know there are 14 urban streams in Nelson? They are Saxton, Orphanage, Orchard, Poorman, Arapiki, Jenkins, Maire, York, Saltwater, Little Go, Brook, Maitai, Oldham and Todd Valley Stream. Do you know which is closest to you? Have a look on top of the south maps if you’d like to find out: www.topofthesouthmaps.co.nz.
Let's Save our Native Species video
NMIT student Elaine Ang has created a wonderful animation promoting efforts to save our native fish species. Watch it below.