Conservation

Preservation of whitewater, threats to recreational amenity, wild and scenic rivers.

Hurunui Water Project threatens natural flows

The Hurunui Water Project (HWP) proposes a weir at the outlet of Lake Sumner, and a 75m high dam on the South Branch of the Hurunui. This would affect flows on all sections of the Hurunui river. This project has been lodged since the application by Whitewater NZ and Fish & Game for a Water Conservation Order on the Hurunui River.

Canterbury Water Management Strategy

The Canterbury Mayoral Forum is consulting on a sustainable water management framework for Canterbury through the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS). The discussion document (PDF, 1.3Mb) offers four options including improving current mechanisms, advancing environmental protection, reconfiguring consents and infrastructure, and advancing infrastructure.

Contact proposes additional dams on Clutha

Contact Energy has dusted off plans for four separate hydropower dams on the Clutha River. Existing dams at Clyde and Roxburgh would be joined by dams at any of Luggate (25m, 86MW), Queensberry (14m, 160MW), Beaumont (30m, 185MW) and Tuapeka Mouth (50m, 350MW). Contact is seeking public comment on the proposals before selecting preferred options for further advancement in 2010. Details and discussion forum are available at www.contactenergy.co.nz/clutha.

Wild Rivers Images Needed

Whitewater NZ Conservation Officer Glenn Murdoch is busy putting together a slideshow demonstrating the beauty of our wild, remote and scenic rivers. He is looking for high quality images that can be used in campaigns and in presentations to stakeholders. The images don't need to be of steep rapids or boaters doing radical moves - we are after images that show how beautiful our rivers are. If you are happy to share your photos, contact Glenn at conservation@rivers.org.nz.