A study looking at the extent and likely causes of erosion around the Lake Taupo shoreline is due for release in November.
The study has been carried out by consultants Beca Infrastructure on behalf of Taupo District Council and Environment Waikato. The initial findings and maps identifying the erosion hazard areas around the lake are currently being reviewed by independent experts and will be released as part of the study.
The next phase of the investigation will involve discussing the key findings with stakeholders, including lakeshore residents and the wider community. This will include initial consultation about preferred options and recommendations for future management of the erosion risk around Lake Taupo.
Taupo District Council and Environment Waikato are also working with key agencies to come up with a more immediate solution to address the erosion issue at the lakeside settlement of Kuratau. Governance group chairman Laurie Burdett says ongoing erosion between the river mouth and the car park is impacting on the beach reserve and a comprehensive programme is needed to deal with the problem.
A study to identify and assess the flooding hazard around the Lake Taupo foreshore and its tributaries is also underway. Initial findings from that investigation are expected to be finalised early next year. The flooding and erosions studies will provide the basis for development of a comprehensive Lake Taupo Foreshore Risk Management Strategy that will guide future planning decisions and address a number of issues such as protection of existing infrastructure, recreational access around the lake, and protection of sites of cultural significance.
A draft strategy that includes recommended actions and a funding policy is due for completion by April 2007. Around $830,000 has been budgeted over the next three years to develop the strategy and begin implementing recommended actions. Another $450,000 has been budgeted for lakeshore protection works. Project costs will largely be shared between Taupo District Council and Environment Waikato.
A governance group comprising representatives from Taupo District Council, Environment Waikato and Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board is providing high level advice and overall leadership and direction for the project. A project control group that is overseeing development of the strategy is made up of representatives from Taupo District Council, Environment Waikato, Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board and Mighty River Power.
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