Communities for Clean Water action day held

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A community river action day initiated by Kakanui ratepayers was held yesterday as part of the Communities for Clean Water weekend.

The day was hosted at Kakanui School and included the planting of flaxes on the river bank, white baiting, a live fish display, flax weaving and making seed bombs. Residents from throughout the catchment were present to lend a hand from 10.30am onwards.

The Communities for Clean Water campaign is part of the NZ Landcare Trust’s work nationally. The trust recognises the importance of clean water to all New Zealanders and its major focus is protecting New Zealand’s waterways and nurturing the native biodiversity through catchment projects.

One of the coordinators for the project, Nicola Holmes of the New Zealand Landcare Trust, said the Kakanui Community Catchment Project has just recently started and will run for a three-year period. The project focuses on improving water quality, reducing soil erosion and enhancing the biodiversity within the wider catchment.

She said the NZ Landcare Trust has been working with farmers, landowners and community groups on sustainable land and water management projects since 1996.

Temuka Fish and Game officer Mark Webb had a live fish display in the school library yesterday to show some of the species which inhabited the Kakanui River.

These included short and longfin eel, lamprey, brown trout, four species of bully (upland, blue-gilled, red-finned and common), torrent fish, smelt and three species of whitebait.

By LINDA MCCARTHY

PHOTO: LINDA MCCARTHY

LENDING A HAND: Maia Allan, 6, from Kakanui School plants flax during yesterday’s river action day at Kakanui.