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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. 

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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

Kopeopeo Canal with pine tree on banks

Following the winter earthworks suspension, construction resumed at Containment Site 1 (CS1) on Monday 16 October. The ground has had an opportunity to dry out and the progress we are currently witnessing on site is encouraging.

The next Community Liaison Group meeting has been set for Tuesday 21 November. Please email to register your interest in attending. The agenda is now on the CLG page.

Also don't forget the Dashboard reporting which provide a short monthly overview across the project including dredging, spending, compliance and works updates.