$1m for lake clean up

Last updated 17:29 25/02/2014

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A $1.27m fund has been established for the clean up of Lake Horowhenua.

The restoration fund, which includes a $540,000 contribution from the Government, was announced this afternoon by Environment Minister Amy Adams.

‘‘This is a lake that's nowhere near where it should be, a lake that's suffered years and years of mistreatment.’’The project includes stream fencing, planting, building a wetland, harvesting lake weeds, and developing farm plans.

Native fish populations and habitats will benefit from a fish pass and restoration work to improve the link between the lake and the sea.

A new boat wash facility in Levin will help reduce the risk of transfer of weed into the lake, and new storm water treatment systems will reduce sediment inflows from Levin.

“I am confident that the project will help bring the lake back to an acceptable state over time. Significant monitoring of the lake water quality is now in place, and strict resource consent conditions will control nutrients,” Ms Adams said.

Funding for the project has also come from Horizons Regional Council, Horowhenua District Council, Tararua Growers Association and Dairy NZ.

Horizons chairman Bruce Gordon said the projects undertaken as part of the fresh water clean-up fund package are only one part of a wider clean-up strategy which is led by the Lake Horowhenua Accord partners.

“This is just one step in the process and we will continue to work with the Accord partners to restore the lake to its former healthy state,”

“Lake Horowhenua is a valuable asset for our Region, not only recreationally but also culturally and economically. As the Lake is restored it will once again become a key part of our community and a place that we can be proud of.”

The expectation is that a number of the actions will be carried out this year so the positive effects can start to be seen by next summer.

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- Manawatu Standard

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