Eastland Port continues to look for ways to reduce its environmental footprint and the recent addition of the upper log yard rain garden is a great example.
Eastland Port now has two rain gardens on the upper log yard helping remove sediment and slow down storm water before it flows into the port’s lamella filter plant, and then into the Kopuawhakapata Stream.
The addition of the new large rain garden means we can now filter all the yard’s rain water twice before it hits the stream.
It works by filtering storm water through a soil mix medium and plants which have been chosen specifically for their fibrous root systems and ability to suck up water.
The port’s rain gardens have cost around $30,000 to create and are similar to the two gardens at the end of Grey St at Waikanae Beach.
Eastland Port is an Enviroschool sponsor. Over 5000 students from 27 local schools are benefitting from Enviroschool creative ideas helping them think and act sustainably.
From orchards at St Mary’s Catholic School to native plants and wrapper free lunch boxes at Matawai School, the Enviroschools project is teaching children all over the district how to care for the environment.
Eastland Port’s location periodically hosts juvenile rock lobster (Jasus edwardsii) which are found throughout coastal waters of southern Australia and New Zealand, including the Chatham Islands.
Known as the southern rock lobster, red rock lobster, or spiny rock lobster, they live on and around natural reefs and will also colonise artificial habitats.
The planned twin berth development may affect the use made of the lobster habitat in the port, all of which is man-made. There is opportunity to create further artificial habitat as part of our developments.
Canterbury University mechanical engineering students are designing two artificial habitats as part of the wharf 6 rebuild and the slipway reshaping.
Ecologist Mark Poynter, who has over 30 years specialist experience in marine and estuarine investigations, is helping them.