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About the project

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.”

As owner of the Kopeopeo Canal, Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Technical Services Group has a statutory and regulatory responsibility to manage contaminated land and protect the community and the environment.

The project is designed to be implemented in a staged approach to remove, safely store and bioremediate up to 40,000m3 of sediment (read more about the cutter-suction dredge methodology). Three separate sites are consented for the containment and bioremediation of sediment removed from the canal. Map showing sites (10.82 MB)

canal from canoeThe estimated cost of the project is $15.5 million and is equally funded by the Ministry for the Environment through the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund (CSRF) and Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Technical Services Group is managing the project in partnership with representatives from the Whakatāne-Waimana Rivers Scheme Liaison Group, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, Sawmill Workers against Poisons and the Ministry for the Environment.

Brendon Love from HAIL Environmental was appointed as Project Manager in May 2014. Find out more about the project structure and key members of the project team.

The resource consents granted for the project require the applicant to implement a significant number of control measures to mitigate potential effects and undertake a rigorous monitoring regime to ensure that the control measures are performing adequately. 

For more information check out our frequently asked questions or contact us.