Water champion Lowe honoured

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Hinds farmer Peter Lowe has been honoured for his contribution to water management.

He was presented with an Outstanding Contribution Award by the chair of Environment Canterbury, Steve Lowndes.

Mr Lowndes acknowledged the “outstanding contribution” Mr Lowe had made to championing water management in Mid Canterbury.

“Over the last few years there has been a significant shift in the way the Hinds/Hekeao community understands and manages its water, and this shift has largely been led by Peter.

“Peter works tirelessly, constantly working to bring people together to try a different approach to water management, ” Mr Lowndes said.

“He has worked hard to develop a common understanding between landowners, local runanga and Environment Canterbury and has been instrumental in welcoming our zone delivery team into the community to get on-the-ground projects under way.”

Mr Lowe is chair of the Managed Aquifer Recharge Pilot Working Party investigating the artificial recharge of aquifers to replenish groundwater levels, restore flows in coastal drains and improve water quality in the underlying aquifer.

He regularly reports on the pilot’s work to the Ashburton council, said he was humbled to get the award.

“I see this as an award for all of the Hinds Plains and Mid Canterbury area. The Hinds Plains community has recognised we have a water quality problem and they have been working towards addressing it.”

The MAR trial, based at a site near Tinwald, has shown very positive results and is the only trial of its type in New Zealand.