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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

canal from canoe

The Reports page now includes the Flood Management Plan and of course don't forget the Kopeopeo one-pager for a quick overview of the Project and monthly Dashboard reporting. Dashboard reports provide a short overview across the project including dredging, spending, compliance and works updates.