Plan to restore the environment

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 05:00 27/11/2013

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The Avon River could again become a swimming spot, Environment Canterbury says.

During the launch of ECan's Natural Environment Recovery Programme yesterday, commissioner Rex Williams said people wanted to swim in the Avon and Heathcote rivers, but the earthquakes and subsequent stormwater issues had affected water quality.

Likewise, people wanted damaged pathways fixed so they could enjoy walking in nature.

"[The plan is] about being able to go for a stroll with your kids or grandparents or whoever and just see the water and the birds and enjoy the natural environment."

The programme aims to rehabilitate the environment that has changed because of the quakes and includes removing sediment from streams and putting walkways on top of rebuilt stockbanks.

Last year, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee asked ECan to lead the development of the programme as part of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority's recovery strategy.

It covers the Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council and Waimakariri District Council, together with the coastal marine area adjacent to those areas.

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