The Bay of Plenty is prone to flooding and one of our core roles at Regional Council is to make sure we minimise the risk this poses to our people, property and livelihoods.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council owns and maintains many flood projection assets throughout the Bay of Plenty with a value in excess of $370 million including:
- Over 380 km of stopbanks
- Nearly 3km of concrete flood walls
- 140 flood gates
- 12 pump stations
Flood protection is expensive and one of the main issues our Council is facing is balancing the cost to ratepayers while maintaining and upgrading this infrastructure to keep up with the changes in our climate.
The high costs of repairing damage to the region’s river schemes after the 2004, 2010, 2011 and 2017 floods has raised questions around whether the current levels of service, scheme management and growing scheme funding requirements are sustainable into the future.
Flood protection will become increasingly important and we are constantly looking at different ways to protect and manage this in the decades to come, while minimising impacts on the environment.