Harbour water discolours again

Discolouration extends into the bay.

Discolouration extends into the bay.

DIRTY WATER: The inner harbour turned black on Wednesday last week after heavy rain. It was still visible the following day, when this picture was taken. Gisborne District Council is investigating the cause of the water discolouration. Pictures by Liam Clayton
Water at the Cut, clearly stained by whatever leaked in the inner harbour.
The black stain creeps out into the bay.

THE INNER harbour turned black following the recent heavy rain, with the colouring even making its way out into Poverty Bay.

A regular fisherman at the port rang the Herald in disgust on Wednesday last week when the water turned black.

“I fish here a lot and came down to fish today and no way can I put my line in the water when it is that colour.”

The black stain was coming from under the port below the wharfside log yard that is not in use at the moment.

“This happens every time it rains and it is revolting. I think it is run-off from that log yard.”

The log yard, owned by Eastland Port, has been closed since the middle of 2016.

The company applied for resource consent to develop the log yard and upgrade the wastewater system last year. A decision on the consent is yet to be reached.

General manager Andrew Gaddum said as the log yard was not in use, it was unlikely to have been the reason there was any discolouration in the inner harbour.

“Excess stormwater . . . can often lead to changes in the harbour’s water colour.

“There are multiple influences that contribute to stormwater discolouration in the inner harbour during heavy rain with a 200 hectare catchment.”

In 2015, the port installed a “world-class” water treatment system in its upper log yard to clarify water leaving the area.

Port contractors carried out routine water sampling as part of the port’s stormwater discharge consent conditions last week.

The results will be known by the end of the month.

Gisborne District Council said it was investigating the discharge, whether it came from the log yard and whether it breached any of Eastland Port’s consents.

THE INNER harbour turned black following the recent heavy rain, with the colouring even making its way out into Poverty Bay.

A regular fisherman at the port rang the Herald in disgust on Wednesday last week when the water turned black.

“I fish here a lot and came down to fish today and no way can I put my line in the water when it is that colour.”

The black stain was coming from under the port below the wharfside log yard that is not in use at the moment.

“This happens every time it rains and it is revolting. I think it is run-off from that log yard.”

The log yard, owned by Eastland Port, has been closed since the middle of 2016.

The company applied for resource consent to develop the log yard and upgrade the wastewater system last year. A decision on the consent is yet to be reached.

General manager Andrew Gaddum said as the log yard was not in use, it was unlikely to have been the reason there was any discolouration in the inner harbour.

“Excess stormwater . . . can often lead to changes in the harbour’s water colour.

“There are multiple influences that contribute to stormwater discolouration in the inner harbour during heavy rain with a 200 hectare catchment.”

In 2015, the port installed a “world-class” water treatment system in its upper log yard to clarify water leaving the area.

Port contractors carried out routine water sampling as part of the port’s stormwater discharge consent conditions last week.

The results will be known by the end of the month.

Gisborne District Council said it was investigating the discharge, whether it came from the log yard and whether it breached any of Eastland Port’s consents.

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J. Graeme - 14 days ago
The claim is that the yard has not been used yet to this day it is being used as a vehicle park for the harbour yard logging trucks, "not used" is actually meaning not used as a logging yard - it is still used!

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