Project Maitai/Mahitahi has had a great year fixing water quality issues in the Maitai River and its tributaries through a wide range of actions. An example is the Saltwater Creek project which involved a variety of actions from installation of carpark runoff treatment swales to community-led clean-up days, a resident’s survey, industry visits by compliance officers and sediment sampling. Urban water quality issues have many different causes so a wide variety of solutions are needed!
Other achievements this year include improving fish habitat in Pipers Reserve Stream and York Stream, finding new information about the toxic algae blooms in the Maitai River, gifting the Maitai River Game to schools and households, enhancing the appearance of the York Stream at Victory Primary School, and new riverside plantings at nine sites throughout the catchment. Removal of fish barriers in the Maitai catchment has also continued, with a focus on fish ladders at culverts, fords and dams.
Project Maitai/Mahitahi also featured in the June 2016 issue of Local Government Magazine, after a collaborative presentation at the WaterNZ Stormwater conference with Friends of the Maitai representatives Alison Horn, David Ayre and Ami Kennedy.
Ali Kennedy, Alison Horn, Ami Kennedy and Tom Kennedy from Friends of the Maitai
The efforts of the Friends of the Maitai were recognised when the group won the Heritage and Environment category at the Trustpower Nelson Tasman Community Awards in June – congratulations! These awards celebrate volunteers who dedicate hours of time and energy every year to making their community a better place to live. Volunteering for the environment can be hard because it can take a long time to see the rewards, so thank you very much to everyone who helps to make this lovely place even better.
One of the key challenges for Project Maitai/Mahitahi this year has been to keep the programme fresh and interesting and provide new opportunities for people to be involved. Community activity is key to improving our waterways, especially in the urban reaches, so it is vital we keep the momentum of community involvement going. This year there is the opportunity to partner with the Nelson Nature Urban Waterways project to take action for our urban waterways right across the city. We’re going to focus on finding new ways for people to ‘love their waterways’ so look out for some fun new opportunities to get involved and make a difference.
Project Maitai/Mahitahi is scheduled to run until June 2018, and projects for the coming year include the on-going Groom Creek Wetland, Riparian Planting, Maitai Fords, and Cyanobacteria Research projects. There will be two interesting new projects focused on York Stream and Urban Stormwater with lots of scope for doing some cool things, so please contact us if you’d like get involved.
Read on for more information on project achievements for the April to June quarter…