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Selwyn Times: July 19, 2016

Selwyn Times: July 19,

FREE TUESday JUly 19 2016 379 7100 Selwyn Winter driving Be prepared for all conditions Times Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Kea (Nestor Notabilis) Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Arthurs Pass Tribute for Utoikamanu Ellesmere rugby players stood for a minute’s silence to remember promising Lincoln colt , Utoikamanu Enosi Tuipulotu (right), who succumbed to a rare form of cancer on Thursday night. •Story, photos and more on page 14. $12m for Lake Ellesmere clean-up ‘not enough’ Bryan Jenkins • By Tom Doudney A $12 million programme to clean up Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere won’t be enough and irrigation schemes like Central Plains Water will make the situation worse, a water expert says. Dr Bryan Jenkins of the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management recently completed a study of six New Zealand lakes, including Te Waihora. Environment Canterbury and Ngai Tahu, in partnership with the Government, are leading the $12 million Whakaora Te Waihora programme to restore the lake over the coming decades by encouraging the growth of macrophytes – aquatic plants which can improve water quality. Dr Jenkins said that while this and other efforts to reduce nutrient loads in the lake’s catchment were positive, they would be insufficient to achieve sustainable water quality due to intensification which had taken place in the catchment. There was already too much nitrogen and phosphorus carried by groundwater-fed streams entering the lake. With Central Plains Water and other intensification in the catchment it was estimated that the nitrogen load entering the lake would reach 5600 tonnes per year. Dr Jenkins said the Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee’s ‘good management practice’ approach would cut that to 4800 tonnes per year but for the goal of transforming it into a macrophyte lake to be achieved, nitrogen would need to be cut to more like 800 tonnes per year. “What we are currently experiencing is already unacceptable not only in terms of the lake load but also in terms of the impacts occurring on groundwater with respect to drinking water quality and on groundwater-fed stream flow,” Dr Jenkins said. •Turn to page 3 “More go. Less mow.” When Gordon and Janet retired they downsized from their large acreage to a very generous section in Faringdon and that’s when the good life kicked into full throttle! Luckily there’s less to mow but still enough that Janet agreed to Gordon keeping the ride-on! SECTIONS SELLING NOW! 400m 2 sections priced from $159,000 Visit Rolleston’s fastest selling development Dynes Road, Rolleston. Wed to Sun 12pm to 4pm Call Bruce Harvey on 0800 667 849 or visit STAGE 15 NOW AVAILABLE! Offering ‘reserve front’ sections 656m 2 sections priced from $179,000 View Gordon and Janet’s story at FRD29105-ST-9x8