Whew! And all this time we thought the Tukituki was polluted.
Then along came Canadian fisherman Arron Varga to compete in the recent trout fishing competition held on the upper reaches of the Tuki.
He stood in the water, looked down at his boots, and saw them! And so he exclaimed to the CHB Mail: “The water is crystal clear.” (Of course, to illustrate his standard of comparison he also said: “The rivers in Canada tend to be murky.”)
As soon as this was reported, BayBuzz was contacted by HB Regional Councillors Tim Gilbertson and Ewan McGregor, who urged us, to be even-handed, to report this exciting expert insight.
So let’s get this straight. Visiting Canadian fisherman … “water’s clear” … HBRC says: we’re vindicated.
Scores of locals, many with lifelong experience (some, multi-generational) with the river, say the Tuki has big pollution problems and they’re getting worse. HBRC says: they’re a bunch of unscientific crackpots. Let’s submit their information to peer review, if they pay.
Unfortunately, Mr. Varga left town before BayBuzz could reach him.
We would have asked him things like …
- Were you fishing above or below the oxidation ponds where the sewage comes in?
- Are you aware that high concentrations of health-threatening bacteria (to say nothing of other contaminants, like heavy metals) can be present in the water without affecting its clarity at all?
- Would it make sense to you that lots of trout would congregate upstream where you were fishing because they can’t stand the conditions downstream?
- Did you wash your hands thoroughly when you got out of the water?
- Would you like to give us your opinion on whether building a regional sports park will reduce teen suicide rates?
Thanks Mr. Varga, we’re happy to have you go back to Canada and spread the good word about “clean, green New Zealand.” Keep sending your buddies over. We’ll continue to keep our secrets to ourselves.
Here at BayBuzz, we’re looking forward to the “gap analysis” on Tukituki water quality and potential improvements that was promised for this Wednesday’s meeting of the HBRC Environmental Management Committee.
Maybe we should send a copy to Mr. Varga … anybody have his mailing address?
P.S. Have you checked out the new info and features on our BayBuzz website lately?