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West Melton Zone Committee Meeting

Christchurch - West Melton Zone Committee focuses on Heathcote River / Ōpāwaho and groundwater

The Christchurch-West Melton Zone Committee will hold its monthly public meeting on Thursday 28 August from 5pm.

At the meeting the committee will hear from the Cashmere Stream Care Group about the challenges and opportunities the important tributary of the Heathcote River / Ōpāwaho faces.

The committee will also be updated on the progress being made to better understand the Christchurch artesian aquifer system and its recharge. Safeguarding groundwater quality and flows for multiple uses is a priority in the zone. The report summarises the progress that has been made over the past year and looks at future work and the support required from the zone committee.

Committee members will then be briefed on the progress Christchurch City Council and Environment Canterbury are making to address stormwater challenges in the zone. Stormwater management has been identified as a critical barrier to implementing the goals of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS) in the zone and the committee has developed recommendations to address this.

The committee will also receive an update from its Communications and Engagement Working Group, which is focussing on how individuals can help to reduce their stormwater footprint.

The meeting will finish with a report from Environment Canterbury on the progress being made to implement the on-the-ground actions outlined in its Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP) for water management. This will include a review of how the recommendations made in the ZIP align with the targets in the CWMS.

At Thursday’s meeting the committee will also elect a new chair as current Chair Ian Fox is stepping down from the position.

Committee meeting information

Christchurch-West Melton Water Committee meeting
5:00pm, Thursday 28 August
Beckenham Service Centre, 66 Colombo Street


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