Tolaga Bay recovery may take 100 years
Wednesday 8 Jul 2020
"We had 300 millimetres [of rain] up there over the weekend and a total new amount of wood has come down," local farmer Henry Gaddum said.
Gisborne district councillor Kerry Warsnop said the slash littered beach was the "new normal". She said there was consensus in the community that this was what Tolaga Bay beach would look like for the foreseeable future.
Heavy rainfall was common in the region. The rain, combined with soft sedimentary soil, meant that any slash – or foresty waste – left on the hills that could be washed away ended up in the sea, and was then pushed back onto the beach, she said.
Gisborne District Council director of environmental services and protection, Helen Montgomery, said it took the matter seriously and was investigating reports of slash washed up on the beach at Tolaga Bay.
Source: Stuff News
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