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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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Current project activity

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There have been substantial physical works progress since works recommenced in mid-October which you may notice if you are driving past Containment Site 1 (CS1) on the corner of Kope Drain Road and State Highway 30. The site has now been completely laid in and lined with a HDPE liner.

In preparation for dredging scheduled to begin in January, bunds have been constructed just downstream of the SH30 bridge and just upstream of the Orini/Kopeopeo confluence.  These bunds are needed to enable construction of the flood control structures.

A recent drone video showing CS1 and the temporary bund at SH30 is available at this link.

Traffic safety: Please note that there will be heavy traffic movements along Keepa Road in the coming weeks in preparation for the construction of Containment Site 3. For the safety of the community, access from Keepa road along the Whakatane River stopbank will be closed to all public vehicles and pedestrians from 8 January 2018. Please check in for updates on alternative access on this page.

The next Community Liaison Group meeting has been set for Tuesday 23 January 2018. Please email to register your interest in attending. The minutes are now available on the CLG page.