For the last three years Whakatu Rotary has been cleaning up Nelson City's Saltwater Creek in partnership with the Nelson City Council.
This small creek is an important waterway but suffers from human-introduced rubbish as it winds its way through the city and out into the mouth of the Maitai River. However, we've seen a dramatic drop in the amount and type of rubbish we've been collecting over the three years.
Not so many large pieces of rubbish such as bikes, supermarket trolleys, appliances and automotive waste but still plenty of smaller rubbish. Last Saturday's (30 September 2017) cleanup of two stretches of the creek (behind the Warehouse and Countdown, and along Haven Road, as pictured here) removed glass bottles, cans, tins, broken tiles and clothing, as well as metal crutch and a floor mop.
When we first started cleaning the creek there was no sign of fish or wildlife in or on it. This time we found ducks swimming in the upper reach of the creek, and on the lower reaches, a variable oyster catcher and small smelt or whitebait. It's pretty dirty work but we enjoy taking care of our environment.