Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee

Agenda

 

 

Notice of Meeting:

A meeting of the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee will be held on:

 

Date:                                     Thursday 28 July 2016

Time:                                    6.00pm

Venue:                                 Environment Canterbury, 200 Tuam Street

 

 

Membership

Chairperson

Deputy Chairperson

Members

Arapata Reuben Tuahuriri Runanga    

Suzanne Furkert Community Representative          

Councillor Pauline Cotter Christchurch City Council

Councillor Debra Hasson Selwyn District Council     

Commissioner Rex Williams Environment Canterbury      

Herewini Banks Te Hapu o Ngati Wheke/Rapaki     

Les Wanhalla Te Taumutu Runanga     

Andrew Congalton Community Representative     

Chris Kelliher Community Representative    

Robert Wynn-Williams Community Representative           

Kevin Brown Community Representative     

Lance Kenyon Community Representative  

 

 

21 July 2016

 

Principal Advisor

Diane Shelander

Senior Policy Analyst

Tel: 941 8304

Christchurch City Council

Zone Facilitator

Lesley Woudberg

Tel: 027 706 4273

Environment Canterbury

Committee Advisor

Liz Ryley

Tel: 941 8153

Christchurch City Council

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

1.       Apologies................................................................................................................................... 4

2.       Confirmation of Previous Minutes.......................................................................................... 4

3.       Matters Arising from the Minutes........................................................................................... 4

4.       Deputations by Appointment.................................................................................................. 4

5.       Identification of Urgent Items.................................................................................................. 4

6.       Identification of General Public Contribution........................................................................ 4

7.       Christchurch West Melton - Next Steps Project - Developing a Drinking Water Protection and Management Programme............................................................................................... 11

8.       Update Working Groups - 28 July 2016................................................................................. 53

9.       Zone Facilitator and Manager Update - 28 July 2016.......................................................... 59   

 

 


Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee

28 July 2016

 

 

 

 

1.   Apologies

An apology was received from Councillor Hasson.

2.   Confirmation of Previous Minutes

That the minutes of the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee meeting held on Thursday, 23 June 2016 be confirmed (refer page 5).

3.   Matters Arising from the Minutes

4.   Deputations by Appointment

There were no deputations by appointment at the time the agenda was prepared. 

5.   Identification of Urgent Items

6.   Identification of General Public Contributions


Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee

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Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee

Open Minutes

 

 

Date:                                     Thursday 23 June 2016

Time:                                    6.00pm

Venue:                                 Boardroom, Fendalton Service Centre,
Corner Jeffreys and Clyde Roads, Fendalton

 

 

Present

Deputy Chairperson

Members

Suzanne Furkert Community Representative          

Councillor Pauline Cotter Christchurch City Council

Councillor Debra Hasson Selwyn District Council     

Herewini Banks Te Hapu o Ngati Wheke/Rapaki     

Les Wanhalla Te Taumutu Runanga     

Andrew Congalton Community Representative     

Chris Kelliher Community Representative    

Robert Wynn-Williams Community Representative           

Kevin Brown Community Representative     

Lance Kenyon Community Representative  

 

 

23 June 2016

 

Principal Advisor

Diane Shelander

Senior Policy Analyst

Tel: 941 8304

Christchurch City Council

Zone Facilitator

Lesley Woudberg

Tel: 027 706 4273

Environment Canterbury

Committee Advisor

Liz Ryley

Tel: 941 8153

Christchurch City Council

 

 

www.ccc.govt.nz

To view copies of Agendas and Minutes, visit:
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The agenda was dealt with in the following order.

 

1.   Apologies

 

Committee Resolved CWZC/2016/00019

It was resolved on the motion of Councillor Cotter, seconded by Member Furkert that apologies from Arapata Reuben and Commissioner Rex Williams be accepted.

Councillor Cotter/Member Furkert                                                                                                                     Carried

 

2.   Confirmation of Previous Minutes

Committee Resolved CWZC/2016/00020

Committee Decision

That the minutes of the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee meeting held on Thursday, 26 May 2016 be confirmed.

Member Furkert/Councillor Cotter                                                                                                                     Carried

 

3.   Matters Arising from the Minutes

         Item 11 – Christchurch River Pollution Problems and Possible Solutions – the following matters were noted:-

·     an article from the 11 June 2016 Weekend Press about heavy metals contained in cladding;

·     information about river bank shaving to be forwarded to the Committee.

 

4.   Deputations by Appointment

There were no deputations by appointment.

 

5.   Identification of Urgent Items

         Copper presentation by Suzanne Furkert to be taken at the end of the meeting.

 

6.   Identification of General Public Contributions

 

         Nick Moody, Pollution Prevention Advisor for Environment Canterbury raised an issue about rainwater metering.  It was noted that there was a list to view on the Christchurch City Council website about water conservation measures.

 

7.   Stormwater Education Programme

         The Committee received a presentation by Jocelyn Papprill on Environment Canterbury’s Stormwater Education Programme and Major Waterways Programme, resources that can be used by schools.  The Committee discussed ways to contact schools to invite them to become involved and use the programme, including contacting Community Boards and advisors, Futureintech (Catherine Smith) and schools in priority catchments where they can become involved in “on the ground” work of the Zone Committee.

 

 

Staff Recommendation

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receives the Stormwater Education Programme report.

2.         Considers how this programme can assist the work of the Zone Committee to reduce levels of contamination before it enters the City’s stormwater network.

 

Committee Resolved CWZC/2016/00021

Joint Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receives the Stormwater Education Programme report.

2.         Considers how this programme can assist the work of the Zone Committee to reduce levels of contamination before it enters the City’s stormwater network by connecting with Community Board Advisors who may invite Jocelyn Papprill to give a brief presentation to their Boards.

Member Kenyon/Member Congalton                                                                                                               Carried

 

8.   Immediate Steps Fund - Proposed Introduction of Funding Cycles

         The Committee considered a report on options for the introduction of funding a cycle/s to its Immediate Steps Fund.  Discussion was held about the timeframes of when a person initially submitted the application to when the decision was made.  It was noted that there are staff available to help submitters with the application process during that time. 

 

Staff Recommendation

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee adopts Option 1 as set out below:

1.      The Christchurch West Melton Zone Committee will aim to allocate up to 80% of the total Immediate Steps funds allocated to the Christchurch West Melton zone at the November Zone Committee meeting of each financial year.

2.      The Christchurch West Melton Zone Committee will allocate the difference (approximately 20%) in the second half of the financial year for any projects that come to its attention after the November meeting but before the end of the financial year.

 

3.      Staff develop and implement all necessary changes to implement the agreed contestable process and period in time for the 2016/17 financial year (starts 01 July 2016).

 

Committee Resolved CWZC/2016/00022

Joint Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee adopts Option 2 as set out below:

1.      Applications are received two times in each financial year:

         - submitted by the end of August for decision by the end of November

         - submitted by the end of February for decision by the end of May.

2.      The Christchurch West Melton Zone Committee will aim to allocate 100% of the total Immediate Steps funds allocated to the Christchurch West Melton zone by the May Zone Committee meeting of each financial year.

3.      Staff develop and implement all necessary changes to implement the agreed contestable process and period in time for the 2016/17 financial year (starts 01 July 2016).

Member Kenyon/Member Furkert                                                                                                                     Carried

 

9.   Updates Working Groups

         The Committee received updates on the activities of each Working Group over the last month, and the next steps each group is working on.

 

 

Staff Recommendation

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.        Receives the Update Working Groups reports.

2.        Provides feedback on the activities of each Working Group.

3.        Provides guidance on the next steps proposed by each Working Group.

 

Committee Resolved CWZC/2016/00023

Joint Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee receives the progress updates from the Working Groups and provides the following feedback:

·    Urban Contaminant Working Group Addington, Riccarton and Haytons - The issue of four parts, sediment, heavy metals, nitrates and E.coli, is to be discussed further by the Working Group.

·    Groundwater/Drylands Working Group – land ownership and use to be considered by the Working Group.

·    Communication and Engagement – hold a combined meeting with the Selwyn-Waihora Water Management Zone Committee on the issues surrounding West Melton/Halkett regarding the Selwyn Region effect.

Member Kelliher/Member Wynn-Williams                                                                                                      Carried

 

10. Zone Committee 5 Year Outcome Sponsors

 

         The Committee considered a report on the Zone Committee 5 Year Outcome Sponsors, discussed the timing of the sponsors’ role, and the need to transfer knowledge when sponsors change.  Meetings will be co-ordinated where possible with other meetings the sponsors have, and outcomes will be reported quarterly to the Zone Committee.

 

 

Committee Resolved CWZC/2016/00024

Joint Staff and Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receives the Zone Committee 5 Year Outcome Sponsors report.

Member Congalton/Member Kelliher                                                                                                               Carried

 

11. Update - Zone Facilitator and Manager

         The Committee considered information from Lesley Woudberg, Zone Facilitator about future Zone Committee venues, and recent media releases.  Two additional media releases will be forwarded to the Zone Committee members for their information.

 

Staff Recommendation

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

 1.        Receives the Meeting Venues report.

2.         Decides to meet at the following locations for the remainder of 2016:

             a.            July –

             b.            August –

             c.            September –

             d.            October –

             e.            November -

 

Committee Resolved CWZC/2016/00025

Joint Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receives the Meeting Venues report.

2.         Decides to meet at Environment Canterbury for the remainder of 2016.

 

Councillor Cotter/Member Kelliher                                                                                                                     Carried

 

12. Update - Nutrient Management and Waitaki Sub-region Plan Change (Plan Change 5)

         The Committee noted the update on the Plan Change 5 process.

 

Committee Resolved CWZC/2016/00026

Joint Staff and Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receives the Nutrient Management and Waitaki Sub-region Plan Change 5 update report.

Member Furkert/Member Congalton                                                                                                                Carried

 

 

The Committee returned to Item 5 on the agenda.

5.   Identification of Urgent Items

         A presentation was given by Suzanne Furkert on copper contamination.  Staff will investigate the Committee’s suggestion to write to the Christchurch City Council, Ngai Tahu, Ravensdown, Fonterra etc regarding the use of non-copper brake pads for fleet vehicles. 


   

Meeting concluded at 8.10pm.

 

CONFIRMED THIS 28TH DAY OF JULY 2016

 

SUZANNE FURKERT

DEPUTY Chairperson

 


Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee

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7.        Christchurch West Melton - Next Steps Project - Developing a Drinking Water Protection and Management Programme

Reference:

16/852166

Contact:

Lesley Woudberg

lesley.woudberg@ecan.govt.nz

027 706 4273

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

1.1       This report by Golder Associates identifies the next steps needed to safeguard and improve the management of Christchurch’s groundwater resource.

 

2.   Staff Recommendations

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receive the Golder Associates report.

2.         Identifies the next steps that the Zone Committee wishes to champion.

 

 

3.   Key Points

In 2013 Golder Associates was commissioned by the Christchurch City Council (CCC) to pull together a State-of-the-Science analysis of the unconfined and confined aquifers underling the City of Christchurch and Waimakariri District areas.  A comprehensive literature search of all known scientific papers and reports relative to understanding these aquifers, and the associated water quality and quantity issues, was compiled.  The goal of this search was to better understand which physical parameters and conceptual understandings were generally understood, and what areas there was either disagreement (amongst scientists) or a need for further study and research.   As part of this work an expert panel was selected of eight hydrogeologists, engineers, water quality scientists, hydrologists, and numerical modellers, and interviewed.  This process was aimed at clarifying where there was consensus, and where there may be disagreement, and what steps were needed to resolve the differences. 

 

A draft report was compiled summarising the literature search and the findings from these interviews which was the presented and discussed in an expert panel workshop (workshop 1).  There was general agreement on a number of major components that make up the conceptual model of this aquifer system.  There were also areas identified of considerable uncertainty which were then prioritised in a series of prioritised recommendations into a Stage 1 report titled Recharge of the Christchurch Artesian Aquifer System: State of Science, Gaps and Future Work (Golder 2013).

 

In late 2013, this report was presented to the Christchurch-West Melton Management Zone Committee (C-WMZC) by Peter Kingsbury (CCC) and Bob Bower (Golder Associates).  The C-WMZC requested that further work was conducted to help prioritise these recommendations and identify opportunities to begin to study and answer some of the most critical issues raised.  CCC then commissioned Golder Associates in 2014 for a second stage of work in order to reconvene an expanded (18) expert panel workshop (workshop 2).  The goal of this workshop was to facilitate a discussion amongst the various regional government, private consultants and/or crown research institutes (CRIs) in order to identify any synergies of work programmes or funding streams which could be focused toward answering some of these uncertainties.  An important part of this full day workshop was to get this expert panel to help prioritise these uncertainties into a set of succinct ‘information needs’.  The meeting was documented and provided to CCC as a set of Christchurch Aquifer Workshop Minutes from the 3 March 2014 workshop (In Next Steps programme).  

 

Workshop 2 provided clear direction on prioritising ‘information needs’ for better understanding the Christchurch aquifer system.  The focus of the workshop was ‘of the prioritised information needs regarding the aquifer, what is needed in the next three to five years?’  There was a considerable list that came from this exercise, but the most reoccurring ‘themes’ were consolidated into the following:

 

·     Quality - protecting and enhancing water quality conditions of the aquifer system

·     Quantity - ensuring sustainable groundwater yields are understood, and that spring-fed flows for Christchurch waterways are protected, and

·     Pathway - understanding the connectivity both spatially and temporally (timing) of water movement in the system. 

Coinciding with these scientific workshops, CCC also commissioned the Golder Associates planning staff (Jane West) to review the planning implications raised by the uncertainties presented in the Stage 1 Golder report.  Planning staff also attended the March 2014 workshop, and incorporated the prioritisation discussion into the report titled Recharge of the Christchurch Artesian Aquifer System: Planning Implications and Options (Golder 2014).

 

CCC and Golder staff then provided an update to the C-WMZC in late 2014, on the findings of these two pieces of work. CCC also announced the initiation of a “Next Steps Project” (Stage 3) which commenced in 2015 and is the focus of this current pending Golder report. A draft outline of the scope and direction of this report was presented to the C-WMZC Water Subcommittee in December 2015.  This project focuses on co-ordinating the implementation of the prioritised scientific needs with the outcomes identified by the C-WMZC as part of their Zone Implementation Plan (ZIP).  The pending report will prioritise a final list of science needs as well as actionable projects and/or steps that are structured to coincide directly with the C-WMZC Zone Implementation Plan outcomes and help prepare the C-WMZC for its upcoming Subregional Planning process (2019/2021) under the CWMS.  The outcomes are intended to be clear, concise and actionable steps needed to increase our understanding of the aquifer, while developing tools to better manage and promote its wise management.

 

 

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8.        Update Working Groups - 28 July 2016

Reference:

16/852619

Contact:

Lesley Woudberg

lesley.woudberg@ecan.govt.nz

027 706 4273

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

1.1       This report updates the Committee on the activities of each Working Group over the last month, and the next steps each group are working on.

 

2.   Staff Recommendations

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receives the Working Group reports.

2.         Provides feedback on the activities of each group.

3.         Provides guidance on the next steps proposed by each Working Group.

 

 

3.   Working Group Updates

 

Urban Contaminant Working Group – Andrew Congalton
Priority catchments: Addington, Riccarton and Haytons

What are we trying to achieve in 5 years (2020)

·    Addington Brook improve catchment health – contact recreation by 2020 and swimmable by 2030 (linking to ZIP’s)

Meets agreed standards as set out by the 5 year ‘living’ Integrated Catchment Management Plan to be developed by June ‘17

·    Riccarton Stream improve catchment health (linking to ZIP’s)

Completion of physical elements of community project at Paeroa Reserve by June ’16 and planting using the project as a platform to raise awareness of urban stormwater issues in a residential catchment and best practice

Meets agreed standards as set out by the 5 year ‘living’ Integrated Catchment Management Plan to be developed by 2018

·    Haytons Brook improve catchment health (linking to ZIP’s)

Meets agreed standards as set out by the 5 year ‘living’ Integrated Catchment Management Plan to be developed by 2018

What have we done since we last met?

·    Addington Brook – final report received on the MEDSA model, additional work commissioned to model effect of different management strategies. Looking in the long term to link loading rates and instream concentrations found.

·    Riccarton Paeroa Reserve  - physical work completed, planting scheduled last week of September with schools and the community, publicity planned to showcase the zone committee’s contribution to biodiversity work in the City.
Directions to Paeroa Reserve if you wish to visit
https://www.google.co.nz/maps/place/Paeroa+Reserve,+Riccarton,+Christchurch+8041/@-43.5319237,172.5877463,499m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6d318a9348cdcb4d:0x976bf0ed8f7f6e05!8m2!3d-43.5320951!4d172.5899993

·    Copper and brake pads – waiting on information from ECan vehicle service provider as a case study to determine the feasibility and cost of transitioning to non-copper brake pads.

Next steps?

·    Presentation to the ZC on the MEDUSA model scheduled for September meeting

·    Addington Brook – raise awareness with businesses incorporating drain checks into a regular maintenance programme  

·    Riccarton Paeroa Reserve – planting and clean-up day scheduled for end September

 

 


Rural Catchment Working Group – Arapata Reuben
Priority catchment – Cashmere

What are we trying to achieve in 5 years (2020)?

·    Reduce sediment getting into Cashmere Stream (and therefore the Heathcote/Ōpāwaho and Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai)

·    Improve ecosystem health

What have we done since we last met?

·    We met with CCC to receive an update on future development and work proposed in the Cashmere catchment 5 July.

·    Restoration of Cashmere Stream headwaters upstream of Sutherlands Road – actions are underway. Planting day TBC

·    Planning underway for erosion and sediment control workshop.

Next steps

·    Erosion and sediment control workshop for industry to share results of the sediment trial, TSS-Clarity-Turbidity project and Environment Canterbury’s updated Erosion and Sediment Control Guidelines. Hosted by the zone committee. Cashmere Stream Care group, Banks Peninsula and Selwyn Waihora zone committees also invited to participate – September

 

 


Groundwater /Drylands Working Group – Chris Kelliher

 

What are we trying to achieve in 2 years (2018)?

 

·    Know how much water is available for use.

·    Understand the landownership pattern within the protection zone.

·    Understand the threats to Christchurch’s groundwater system.

·    Identify how we can protect this resource for future generations.

What have we done since we last met?

·    Met with Christchurch City Council, and Golder Associates and provided comments on the draft 3rd report on the groundwater resource of Christchurch.

·    Workshopped with the whole Committee Professor Bryan Jenkins paper and further data provided by Environment Canterbury on Christchurch’s Drying Streams – 23 June.

Next steps?

·    Develop actions for the ZC to champion in response to Professor Jenkins paper and the Golder report

 


Communication and Engagement – Arapata

 

What are we trying to achieve in the next 5 years (2020)?

·    Raise awareness

State of the waterways, their values and issues

Actions individuals and groups can take

Individual and groups doing good stuff

·    Inspire action

What have we done since we last met?

 

·    Met with:

CC Council Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee 12 July to discuss the zone committee’s monthly report. Matters discussed included

§ main reasons for why spring fed streams have been drying up and whether they have dried up in the past

§ Immediate Steps biodiversity projects – criteria

ECan met with Bishopdale Burnside Rotary Club 18 July to address the following questions

§ Why have the streams dried up?

§ Is Christchurch running out of drinking water?

·    Made a short video on Ōtukaikino starring Araparta Reuben and Arthur Adcock CCC

·    Media reports (attached)

No 59 Canterbury Build July 2016

The Press 13 July 2016 River water levels lowest in decades

 

Next steps

·    Chairs Opinion piece – Streams drying up and groundwater

·    Workshop on erosion and sediment control – scheduled September 2016

·    Workshop on water quality with recreation groups, Kerrs Reach – scheduled for Spring, discussions/scoping underway

·    Continue to implement our communication action plan

 


Biodiversity – Immediate Steps Funding – Arapata Reuben

 

What are we trying to achieve in the next 5 years (2020)?:

 

·    Increase indigenous species diversity, abundance and improved ecological health by providing funding to individuals, landowners and community groups.

·    Raise awareness of biodiversity and ecological values of the Christchurch West Melton zone

 

What have we done since we last met?

 

·    Call for possible projects – communications/advertising ready to go

 

Next steps

·    Receive and review project applications for Immediate Steps biodiversity funding.

 


Regional Committee – Les Wanhalla

 

The regional committee last met 14 June. Next meeting 9 August.

·    Refresh process underway

 


Liaison with community groups – Suzanne Furkert  (supported by Shelley Washington)

What are we trying to achieve in 5 years (2020)?

·    Ensure we compliment and build on each other’s work to improve the health of Christchurch’s water resources.

What have we done since we last met?

·   

Next Steps

·    Review where we should focus our effort for greatest affect (i.e. keep in contact with, develop joint work programmes with, provide input at the governance level etc)

Community groups and networks

Community Boards

 

Attachments

There are no attachments to this report.

 

 

  


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9.        Zone Facilitator and Manager Update - 28 July 2016

Reference:

16/851711

Contact:

Lesley Woudberg

lesley.woudberg@ecan.govt.nz

027 706 4273

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

1.1       This report provides the Committee with updates, for information, on:

·     Immediate Steps (Biodiversity) funding

·     Nitrate levels (Wrights Road)

·     Media Coverage.

 

2.   Staff Recommendations

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receive the update by the Zone Facilitator and Manager.

 

 

3.   Immediate Steps/Biodiversity Funding

 

Immediate Steps has been very successful over the past six years and provides a valuable tool for zone committees/regional committee to drive on-the-ground biodiversity action.  A review of Immediate Steps was completed in early 2015.  The review was wide-ranging and gathered information from Zone Committees, the Regional Committee, Rūnanga representatives, external groups, and Environment Canterbury staff.  It made a series of recommendations on how to improve the framework and overall delivery of the programme.

A second phase of work has now been completed, which took the recommendations of the 2015 review and proposes how to operationalise them.  In summary:

·        Commitment has been made through the Long Term Plan 2015-25 process to continue Immediate Steps

·        Changes are proposed, which largely focus on the operational processes internal to Environment Canterbury, but also include some widening of the project assessment criteria.

·        The proposal aims to  improve Immediate Steps as a funding tool, making it more flexible and streamlined:

a.      A more strategic approach through the ongoing development of five year outcomes and associated zone/regional work programmes

b.     A revised project assessment criteria, which aims to make project selection science-informed rather than science-led

c.      A streamlined administrative approach is developed to enable projects to get underway quicker

d.     A risk-based approach is taken to financial management to get funding out to applicants quicker and easier.


 

 

e.     Integration with other work programmes, where opportunities arise, e.g. infrastructure, land use and water quality, etc

f.      Monitoring, measuring and reporting of outcomes is consistently incorporated in project implementation.

What does this mean for Zone Committees/Regional Committee?

·        Immediate Steps funding continues at current levels

·        Project assessment criteria expanded (beyond ecological value) to include community engagement, cost effectiveness and alignment with zone/regional five year outcomes – enables a Committee discussion around wider project benefit rather than focussing on the operational detail

·        More strategic use of funds:

projects will be more targeted, in line with zone/regional five year outcomes and work programmes, but committees still retain flexibility to fund impromptu projects

limits on carrying over uncommitted funding (funding not attached to a project or proposed project) from year to year set at 25% of your annual budget

ongoing requirement for 1/3 funding contribution by applicant, but the committee have discretion to fund 100% of project if this is a barrier to a valuable project going ahead

a bigger drive to think about longer term projects and commitment of future years’ funds

using Immediate Steps funds to leverage other funds (e.g. industry, central government, etc.) for bigger projects

·        Project applicants can get on with their project quicker – a more streamlined administrative approach means better throughput of projects and a better experience for applicants

·        Better monitoring and reporting against project outcomes

·        Development and consideration of new regional flagship projects to give focus to CWMS targets that need more action

·        Improved communications and media presence for biodiversity at zone and regional level.

We propose a delegation for Zone Managers to approve projects up to $5,000 without bringing these to Zone Committees for a decision.  This is so applicants for smaller projects have a sense of certainty of funding and can get underway quickly without having to wait for a zone committee decision.

 

4.   Nitrate Levels (Wrights Road)

No health concerns over nitrate levels

Christchurch City Council Media Release 19/07/2016

High nitrate levels found in two samples of water taken from a bore in an industrial part of Addington are unlikely to have had any adverse effect on people’s health, Christchurch City Council and the Medical Officer of Health say.


 

 

Higher than recommended levels of nitrate were detected in samples of water taken from a shallow water supply bore on Wrights Road in Addington in November last year and February this year.

The cause of the contamination is unknown but animal effluent is a likely source.

The Wrights Road bore is the only bore in Christchurch to have shown higher than recommended nitrate levels and that bore is being closed down.

Because the Wrights Road bore is the only one to have shown a spike in nitrate levels it appears the problem has been caused by ‘point source’ (or isolated) contamination and is unrelated to any other increase of nitrates on the Canterbury Plains.

Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, Dr Alistair Humphrey, said the two isolated spikes in nitrate levels were unlikely to have caused any adverse health effects.

The area where the bore was located was primarily an industrial area although there were a number of childcare centres within the catchment.

“Only children who are aged under six months are at risk from nitrates.  If you have been feeding your child formula using water taken from a tap in that area your child would only be at risk if they were being continually fed the water and the water was continually high in nitrates.  That is not the case here,’’ Dr Humphrey said.

The Canterbury District Health Board had not had any reports of any baby being affected.

Christchurch City Council Head of Three Waters and Waste, John Mackie, said the Council had visited each of the seven day care centres in the area today and taken fresh samples of water to test.  Those results showed the nitrate levels were well within accepted levels.

The Council had decided to shut down the Wrights Road bore and would be drawing water for the catchment between Blenheim Road, the Southern Motorway, Annex Road and Wrights Road from alternative sources.

The Wrights Road bore was a shallow bore that had been on the Council’s list to replace by 2018 with a deeper bore that would tap into the confined aquifers which were less susceptible to contamination.

 

 

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