Consulting on solutions to Taieri River erosion issues

Continued liaison between the Strath Taieri Community Board and the Otago Regional Council is planned as they seek to find solutions to erosion of the Taieri River's banks.

Representatives of the board met council chief executive Peter Bodeker, engineering, hazards and science director Gavin Palmer and engineering manager Ramon Strong recently and visited sites of concern along the river.

Board member Barry Williams said the meeting was pretty positive and the council was going to come back to them with further information, especially on the proposal for a community project to remove gravel from the river.

''We hope it'll be a win-win situation.''

Dr Palmer said the main topic of conversation was the methods available to farmers to control river bank erosion and what could be done without a resource consent.

''There are some things landholders can do which are a permitted activity.''

Gravel extraction was one tool farmers could use but there were also other tools such as planting willow trees, he said.

''It came back to what degree gravel extraction can be used.''

The aim was to provide information to landholders so they would make the ''right decisions for the right reasons'', Dr Palmer said.

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