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Kopeopeo Canal Contamination Remediation Project

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is working with the community to clean up dioxin-contaminated sediment in the Kopeopeo Canal. The contamination is a legacy issue that is associated with discharges from a former sawmill. 

The overall vision for the Kopeopeo Canal Remediation Project is:

”To safely remove and treat a legacy of industrial dioxin pollution, thereby restoring the mauri of the Kopeopeo Canal and the Whakatāne River and developing their full potential to contribute to the well-being of tangata whenua, the community and visitors for generations to come.”

Current project activity:

Speed restrictions CS1

Due to works starting at Containment Site 1 (CS1), there will be speed restrictions in place along SH30 near Kope Drain Road in the week beginning 20th May (weather dependant) for approximately two months. The restrictions are necessary to allow heavy traffic to enter and leave Kope Drain Road safely. Kope Drain Road residents are recommended to use the Paroa Road access to avoid delays.

The fencing is up along the boundary of the containment site on the corner of Kope Drain Road and SH30. This site will be constructed over the next two months. There is no contaminated material at the site so the main issues that we have to manage are associated with dust (not contaminated) and traffic management.

Prior to the commencement of dredging contaminated sediment from the canal we intend to have a public open day to explain the process. Further details on this will be provided in future public notices.

One pager flyer APr 2017

The next CLG meeting will be held on Tuesday 20th June from 10am. Please email kopeopeo@boprc.govt.nz to register your interest in attending.

For regular visitors to these pages, please note a few changes. The 'Reports and Consents' page was very long so we have separated it into ‘Resource Consents’ and ‘Reports and Key Documents’ although all the information is still there!

On the Reports page you will now see our new monthly Dashboard reporting. These reports will provide a short overview across the project including dredging, spending, compliance and works updates. Your feedback on this new report is welcome.

You can also view and download the one-page flyer with a high-level outline of the Project. If you would like copies to share with others, please let us know.