Several of you have been trying to book to attend the Braided Rivers Seminar 2019 and have discovered that it’s been booked out and waitlisted. This happens every year, and
Unfortunately, as many of you will be aware, some newspapers have reported remarkably one-sided information regarding ECan’s public meetings to define braided rivers. The devil is in the detail, of course, and there is no room in this newsletter to tease apart and examine the complex issues, but I have commented on those specific to the Bridge Project here In Defense of Braided Rivers as Public Goods, concluding, ‘…accusing ECan of attempting a ‘land grab’ because they’re endeavouring to protect our public goods, is an Orwellian inversion of reality, one where doublespeak is used to defend the destruction of what’s left of globally rare braided river ecosystems for the short-term corporate and/or personal profit of a few.’ The latest reports (links below) on biodiversity loss only serve to underscore the situation.
One of the arguments against dams as a source of ‘renewable’ energy, has been the quantity of methane, a far more potent greenhouse gas than CO2, that dams produce over their lifetime (due to dam-waters drowning plant matter that then decays). There are many pro/con dam arguments. Under a changing climate regime, for example, the pro-dam argument is that it provides a more reliable source of water (via storage) and reduces the risk of flooding (via controlled release). Here in NZ, dams that ‘control’ braided rivers, by definition change their naturally dynamic hydrology
The next BRaid meeting will be at 3.00pm, 24 May at the DOC offices Nga Mai Road,
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