A key resolution from the Manawatū River Leaders’ Forum last week was to present a detailed report to the community early next year.
At the meeting last Friday, in which over 40 leaders attended, representatives of sector groups with a connection to the Manawatū River presented updates on their activities and heard reports on the state of the river.
Horizons Regional Council has partnered with UCOL design student Alesha Ritson to turn one of its most visible water monitoring stations into the most informative. The station, down by the old Teachers’ College site on the Manawatu River, captures information on river level, sediment load, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and water temperature. It has recorded information for every major flood since 1880 and has the longest continuous flow record in New Zealand.
Funding has been reallocated to enhance several key projects under the Manawatu Freshwater Clean-Up Fund following a tour of all projects by the Fund’s governing body last month.
Manawatu River Leaders’ Accord chair Richard Thompson, Horizons Regional Council chairman Bruce Gordon and Horizons Regional Council chief executive Michael McCartney were joined by Ministry for the Environment officials for a tour of Clean-Up Fund projects throughout the Manawatu River catchment.
There's been a quiet transformation taking place along the river's edge in Palmerston North. As stop banks have been improved, so too has the walkway, signage and access; opening the door for cyclists, walkers and joggers to enjoy the river's beauty.