Lake clean-up to go below surface

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Fiordland's Department of Conservation has teamed up with representatives from the Te Anau community for a unique kind of beach clean-up.

BEACH clean-ups are generally self-explanatory.

But one Southland town is stepping it up for a one-of-a-kind event.

From scuba divers to jet boats and underwater rovers, Te Anau’s community will be pulling out all the stops to clean up their lake.

Hosted by the Department of Conservation [Doc], The Lake Te Anau Community Clean Up will be held on Tuesday, July 7, from 10am-3pm.

Doc community ranger Crystal Brindle said although clean-ups had been carried out around the lake before, this year’s event, in particular, would be “a first”.

“It was actually the team from Descend [Scuba] Diving, who came up with the idea.

“We’ll be cleaning up the lake [on land] while they’re diving underneath.”

Fiordland Outdoors Co and Fiordland Jet staff had also jumped on board to lend a helping hand, Miss Brindle said.

“Fiordland College students will be on-site with an underwater rover they built last year, to provide the opportunity for those not diving to see beneath the surface too.”

Miss Brindle said she hoped people visiting Te Anau for the school holidays would “make a trip out”.

“It’s a really great way to give back, get to know people in the community, have a fun day out on the lake and also enjoy the barbecue.”

In addition to the clean-up, Doc staff would host educational discussions on topics including freshwater pests and the impact of rubbish on the ecosystem.

“People in the community can get together and help clean up the place they love.

“It’s also a chance for us to stop and actually think about what has an impact on the lake.”

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