In case you thought the Tukituki has been getting cleaned up, here are some recent photos to set you straight (once on Flickr, click on the Slideshow option, or scroll through at your own pace).
All were taken 17 April 2009 by Claire Belford, at or within a kilometer or so of the Red Bridge over the Tuki (leading to Ocean Beach/Waimarama).
Too many “nutrients” in the water > slime (officially, algae).
Yes, the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has some promising plans afoot to get on with the clean-up. It’s taken them over a year (remember the 12 March 08 Tukituki meeting in Havelock North Community Centre?) to come up with a plan of action.
But are they actually doing anything yet to clean up the river? NO! As these photos make clear.
Until we see some action underway, as opposed to research and planning, you can expect to see fresh photos like these regularly.
P.S. Why don’t you print one or two and send them to your favourite Regional Councillor? Or just forward this BayBuzz post.