Cleaner boats a boon for lake
A boat wash at Lake Horowhenua will help prevent the spread of invasive aquatic plants.
Boaties will soon be able to park on the concrete pad on Oxford St in Levin, opposite Kowhai Park, to use hoses to clean down boats and equipment before and after visiting the lake.
The procedure was important to help reduce the spread of invasive aquatic plants between waterways, Horowhenua Mayor Brendan Duffy said.
On-site drainage would ensure the runoff went into the wastewater treatment system, so there was no chance contaminants could end up back in the lake, he said.
Construction began at the site about a month ago, and it was due to open in mid-July.
Duffy was confident the facility would be widely used.
"It's generally understood by the boating fraternity that protection of waterways is critically important, so where the facilities are openly and freely available I don't have any doubt that they will be well used."
The project was a tangible sign of the progress made by the five-party Lake Horowhenua Accord since it was signed last year, he said.
The accord aims to foster projects to clean up the lake, enhance it and protect it for future generations.
It is supported by the Lake Horowhenua Trustees, Lake Domain Board, Horowhenua District Council, Horizons Regional Council and the Department of Conservation.
"It's a fantastic outcome; that we've managed to achieve it in the first 12 months shows the value of the accord and the fact that a collaborative approach can get things done," Duffy said.
The boat wash cost about $50,000 to build, using funds from the councils and a grant awarded to the accord in February by the Minister for the Environment.
The accord partners are working on seven other initial projects, including a fish pass, fencing and planting, stormwater treatment systems and lake weed harvesting.