The margins of Wainono Lagoon are the most extensive wetland area in lowland South Canterbury. The lagoon was very important to Ngāi Tahu hapū of South Canterbury as a mahinga kai source. Unfortunately this is no longer the case because of the degraded state of the lagoon.
Work to protect and restore animals and plants in and around the lagoon is supported by local landowners and rūnanga, the Wainono Water Users Group, the Department of Conservation, QEII Trust, Fish & Game, Waimate District Council and Environment Canterbury. It is in everyone’s interests to work to protect and restore Wainono Lagoon and this what the restoration project is all about.
In March we welcomed the great news of the Government’s announcement of $800,000 in funding towards restoration of the lagoon from the Fresh Start for Freshwater fund. This will go a long way towards arresting and reversing the decline in the water quality and biodiversity values of the lagoon by enabling landowners to create effective riparian buffers in order to absorb sediment and nutrients before the contaminants get into the waterways. This will complement an existing $225,000 project funded by the Canterbury Water Regional Committee and the Lower Waitaki Zone Committee which is supporting weed management, fencing and planting around the lagoon margins.
Thanks to all those who came along and supported the open day on 29th April.
Wainono Field Day Photo Competition winner: Debbie Stowell
Fish and Game Officers Hamish Stevens and Josh Markham demonstrate electro-fishing to fascinated onlookers at the Wainono Field Day in April.
Electro-fishing is a procedure used for fish surveys. An electric current is passed through the water via a hand-held electrode. The electric current stuns fish close to the electrode. Fish are netted and placed in a bucket of water or holding tank. They can then be observed, measured or tagged. They recover quickly and are released back into their habitat.
Keeping in touch with the Wainono Lagoon restoration
We will be letting everyone know how we are progressing with the restoration work through regular newsletters.
Issue 2, October 2012 (3 MB)
Issue 1, April 2012
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