Tasman District Council have at last started on planning the district’s response to future sea level rise. They have asked for community input.
They are treading carefully, which gives us the chance to let them know, right at the start of the process, what’s needed for the long term well-being of Waimea Inlet.
Their attention will inevitably be focused on the effects of sea level rise on the people of the District. However, their increasing commitment to sustainability and environmental protection means that they are also likely to listen to and act on our concerns about the future health of the Inlet.
The Waimea Inlet Strategy says we will develop “a strategic response to maintain natural functions of the inlet and representative habitats, under changing conditions of sea level”.
So we have responded to the Council, explaining how the productive salt marsh and coastal margin vegetation can be given room to migrate inland as the sea level slowly rises.