Port consents strict re contaminants in water discharge

LETTER

Eastland Port’s upper log yard makes up less than 1 percent of the area contributing to the Kopuawhakapata Stream’s 310ha stormwater runoff catchment. And of all that water, only the port’s stormwater is cleaned before it hits the stream via our rain gardens and lamella filter plant.

Eastland Port’s consent parameters around water discharge contaminants are very strict. Regular testing of surrounding water by Gisborne District Council and water discharges by Eastland Port is undertaken to ensure our environmental footprint doesn’t adversely impact the wider area and the sustainability of the local fishery.

The port’s discharges are judged against a set of fresh and marine water quality guidelines published and recognised by the Ministry for the Environment.

Eastland Port’s location means the area periodically hosts juvenile rock lobster (Jasus edwardsii) which are found throughout coastal waters of southern Australia and New Zealand, including the Chatham Islands.

There is opportunity to create further artificial habitat as part of our twin berth developments. Canterbury University mechanical engineering students are researching and designing artificial habitats as part of the planned developments, with help from ecologist Mark Poynter.

Andrew Gaddum

Eastland Port general manager

Eastland Port’s upper log yard makes up less than 1 percent of the area contributing to the Kopuawhakapata Stream’s 310ha stormwater runoff catchment. And of all that water, only the port’s stormwater is cleaned before it hits the stream via our rain gardens and lamella filter plant.

Eastland Port’s consent parameters around water discharge contaminants are very strict. Regular testing of surrounding water by Gisborne District Council and water discharges by Eastland Port is undertaken to ensure our environmental footprint doesn’t adversely impact the wider area and the sustainability of the local fishery.

The port’s discharges are judged against a set of fresh and marine water quality guidelines published and recognised by the Ministry for the Environment.

Eastland Port’s location means the area periodically hosts juvenile rock lobster (Jasus edwardsii) which are found throughout coastal waters of southern Australia and New Zealand, including the Chatham Islands.

There is opportunity to create further artificial habitat as part of our twin berth developments. Canterbury University mechanical engineering students are researching and designing artificial habitats as part of the planned developments, with help from ecologist Mark Poynter.

Andrew Gaddum

Eastland Port general manager

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winston moreton - 4 months ago
"Eastland Port's upper log yard makes up less than 1 percent of the area contributing to the Kopuawhakapata Stream's 310ha stormwater runoff catchment," says the Eastland Group-owned port company (TGH 14 July 2017). And "of all that water, only the port's stormwater is cleaned before it hits the stream via the port's rain gardens and lamella filter plant". Because of course that new log yard was suspected of filling the inner harbour with evil-smelling black water. The council managed to forget arranging a pick-up for the samples it took following Tatapouri Fishing Club members' complaints, so nothing came of that.
Now what guarantees do we have that "regular testing" of surrounding water by GDC and water discharges by Eastland Port are undertaken? In my experience, where two parties are trying to catch a ball it lands between them! Safer if those logs went by rail and that new log yard closed.

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