Christchurch City Council is seeking feedback on the Ihutai-Estuary and Coastal draft stormwater management plan to improve the way it manages stormwater in the area.
Consultation opened today on the plan, which is the third of seven being prepared between 2020 and 2023 for the district’s different stormwater catchments.
The plans set out the ways the Council will meet the requirements of its 25-year Comprehensive Stormwater Network Discharge Consent (CSNDC), which was granted by Environment Canterbury in 2019.
“Stormwater is all water that falls onto roads, paths and other hard surfaces. It picks up pollution from these surfaces which makes its way into local streams and rivers impacting the quality of water,” says Council Head of Three Waters Helen Beaumont.
Ms Beaumont says the Ihutai-Estuary and Coastal catchment has unique features which are considered in the plan.
“The Ihutai-Estuary provides important feeding grounds for native migratory birds that rely on a healthy and thriving ecosystem.”
“This plan will play an important role in improving the area’s waterways over time, making it a better place for wildlife and residents alike.”
Each of the seven stormwater management plans play an important role in improving the performance and resilience of Christchurch’s overall stormwater network.
“We’re focussed on maintaining and improving our stormwater network to make Christchurch a safer and healthier place to live,” says Ms Beaumont.
Submissions on the Council’s Ihutai-Estuary and Coastal draft stormwater management plans can be made until 26 April 2022.