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Saturday, 09 November 2019 09:15

You win some, you lose some

Written by Alison Murray
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 The wetland’s culvert and overflow are on the far left and are much lower than the hill under which the water “escaped”. The wetland’s culvert and overflow are on the far left and are much lower than the hill under which the water “escaped”.

In 2012 a wetland was created at DU Director Dan Steele’s property, Blue Duck Station in the Ruapehu district, but things haven’t gone exactly as planned. Water has tunnelled under the pumice layer – the hills are predominantly pumice – to the next hard layer, first creating an underground leak, which DU’s John and Gail Cheyne noticed during a visit.

Next came the washout: Dan says, “We first noticed pumice floating down the Retaruke River before we found the washout.”

As of publication date, the problem is still waiting for a solution.

Meantime Dan has not been idle but had to climb out of his gumboots for a day or two to head to the city, see The biggest conservation project on Earth.

 

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