Selwyn joins Living Water

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As part of a bid to improve water catchments in the Selwyn area affected by dairying, Selwyn District Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Living Water, the Department of Conservation’s 10-year, $20 million partnership with Fonterra.

Through the Living Water partnership, Fonterra and DOC are working with dairy farmers, iwi, conservation groups, councils, schools and other agencies to improve the health of five key catchments in significant dairying regions throughout the country including Selwyn.

The Ararira/LII catchment of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere is one of the five Living Water catchments. “I’m very happy to see Selwyn District Council play its part in efforts to support indigenous revegetation and increasing biodiversity in Canterbury,” Selwyn Deputy Mayor Malcolm Lyall said.

Christchurch based DOC Operations Manager, Andy Thompson, said Yarr’s Lagoon is a key site for native wildlife in the catchment.

As part of the agreement, Living Water is helping Selwyn District Council fund a biodiversity officer.