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Tasman to lead work on sediment and erosion control

August 8th, 2014
[TDC press release]

Tasman District Council has received funding to work on understanding the science behind controlling sediment and erosion into streams and estuaries.

Fine sediment discharge to streams is probably the most widespread issue affecting the health of streams and estuaries in New Zealand.

"In securing $120,000 from the Ministry of the Environment's Community Environment Fund today we can work with other Councils to better understand the science behind controlling sediment and erosion," said Tasman deputy Mayor Tim King.

"Councils already have rules and guidelines for landowners and developers around sediment control, but given the variety of geologies, climates and on-site practices we can do better to protect our waterways."

This project will collect and review the existing science research underpinning guidance and identify gaps that may require further research.

The project aims to identify and provide national best practice guidance to achieve the desired outcomes and reduce redesign and compliance costs during development and productive land uses.

Improving the links between regulation of land use and the management of discharges to the environment the project will also lead to greater consistency between Councils.

"The findings of the project will ultimately lead to better erosion and sediment management and reduced impacts of sedimentation on water quality and stream habitats not only in Tasman but also throughout the country."


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