Good news for our campus, and for our streams!
This week, UC is collaborating with Christchurch City Council and City Care to remove significant amounts of sediment from Okeover-Waiutuutu Stream.
For many years we have committed significant resources to taking care of our campus streams. Keeping our streams healthy is difficult, partly because we receive contaminants from a wide catchment – for an urban stream such as Okeover-Waiutuutu, this includes around 800 homes and many roads.
Sediment build up creates many problems, including smothering habitats and trapping ecotoxic heavy metals from the surrounding areas.
This week, City Care will start cleaning up four sites along the Okeover-Waiutuutu Stream. You will be able to see the work being done near Engineering Road, Engineering Pond, Biological Sciences Carpark and Te Ao Mārama.
This project will involve significant in-stream works, including water diversion. Please bear with us while this happens, it will make a huge improvement to the health of the stream. The work is expected to be completed by the end of November.
Which Sustainable Development Goal is this project linked to? SDG 14 “Life Below Water” and SDG 15 “Life On Land” are two of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015.
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