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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

Progress works on CS1

Thanks to all those who attended the recent CLG meeting. There was some excellent discussion and an indepth presentation on the flood management plan. The presentations are now available to read on the CLG page and the team is available to talk through any questions that the presentations raise.

The August CLG meeting has been postponed. The rescheduled date will be published here. Please email if you have any queries.

Don't forget the monthly Dashboard reporting on the reports page. The report covering the month of June is now available.These reports provide a short overview across the project including dredging, spending, compliance and works updates.