On the eve of Mother's Day 725 members of the community took the opportunity to give something to Mother Nature by cleaning up her rivers and Estuary. 39 sites along the estuary, Avon and Heathcote rivers were supervised by 36 community groups saw a total amount of 9.5 Tonnes of rubbish collected. Less then last year but still an incredible amount of carelessly disgarded litter enters our waterways and eventually our estuary and oceans.
The event coordinators made a lea to the City Council to reinstall litter catching devices (booms) in the lower Heathcote and Avon rivers to prevent rubbish entering the estuary. We are awaiting the confirmation for this happen.
The event is jointly organised by the Avon/Otakaro River Network, the Opawaho/Heathcote River Network, the Estuary Ihutai Trust, Cassells tannery and City Care and supported by Christchurch City Cuncil and Environment Canterbury. The success of this event was thanks to all you fabulous caring and enthusiastic volunteers who turned out on the day for this messy task. Many thanks indeed.
May 2016 event - 1293 members of the comunity collected close to 20 Tonnes of rubbish from the banks of the Avon and Heathcore Rivers and the edge of the Estuary.
photo; 2016 collection of litter at Calder Green lower Heathcote River by Forest and Bird members.