Local input helps bring Lake Wanaka back to health

Waitaki news
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said the future of Lake Wanaka was looking good with the waterway now the healthiest it had been in a decade.

“It’s brilliant news that the lakeweed problem in Wanaka has reduced by two thirds since 2005 and it’s a credit to all of those people who have worked hard over the years to bring it under control.

“Special mention should be made of the wonderful contribution by the Lake Wanaka Lagarosiphon Management Committee and the Guardians of Lake Wanaka.

“These passionate locals have put many hours into this project and it’s their efforts, coordinated by Land Information New Zealand, that mean that the lake is the healthiest it’s been in a long time.

“Lake Wanaka is the jewel in the crown for the Upper Clutha. Locals and visitors alike utilise it for sport and recreation, from swimming, to boating and fishing and it has a massive appeal.

“No doubt people will be pleased and delighted that its health is on the improve and that the lakeweed problem is being brought under control.”

The focus for the next few years would be on clearing the lakeweed infestations at Paddock and Glendhu Bays, she said.

“I’m also hopeful the lessons learned at Wanaka will be put to good use in managing the lakeweed problems affecting Lake Dunstan.”