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ORC Flood Alert Service Survey Closing Soon

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 2:22 pm | Otago Regional Council

An Otago Regional Council (ORC) Flood Alert Service survey which began in December 2020 will close at the end of January. The survey aims to find out how best to communicate with Otago residents about flood information and updates. While the survey has been ... More >>

Otago Rivers And Rainfall Update #6

Thursday, 7 January 2021, 1:08 pm | Otago Regional Council

High intensity heavy rain forecast for this afternoon and tonight could cause flash flooding, surface flooding, and rising rivers. A Metservice heavy rain watch is in place for Central Otago, North Otago, inland Dunedin and the Clutha from midday-midnight ... More >>

Rivers And Rainfall Update #5

Wednesday, 6 January 2021, 4:52 pm | Otago Regional Council

Attributed to Jean-Luc Payan, duty flood officer. Although rivers have been receding slowly over the past few days, a further MetService heavy rain watch for tomorrow may have a greater than normal impact due to the current high river levels in most ... More >>

Rivers And Rainfall Update #4

Tuesday, 5 January 2021, 4:07 pm | Otago Regional Council

A heavy rain watch currently in place is likely to impact most significantly on the Manuherekia and Kakanui Rivers. The rain watch, which applies to Central Otago, North Otago and Dunedin, sees 20-40mm of rain expected this afternoon and tonight. ... More >>

Rivers And Rainfall Update #3

Sunday, 3 January 2021, 11:44 am | Otago Regional Council

Sharon Hornblow, ORC duty flood officer. The severe weather warning for Otago has now been lifted, although some rainfall and isolated thunderstorms are still expected today. Some rivers in Otago will continue to rise today. Rivers remain high throughout ... More >>

Rivers And Rainfall Saturday 2 Jan 2021 Update #2

Sunday, 3 January 2021, 6:47 am | Otago Regional Council

Evening of 2 January 2021 Further to the advisory issued earlier today, forecast rainfall is continuing, with rivers expected to continue to rise, possibly significantly, overnight. Rivers are now running high throughout much of Otago, primarily in the ... More >>

Heavy Rain Sees Rivers Rising In Coastal And North Otago

Saturday, 2 January 2021, 2:01 pm | Otago Regional Council

With a MetService heavy rain warning in place for parts of Otago, rivers are rising in coastal and North Otago, and could continue to rise significantly this afternoon and overnight. Yesterday’s heavy rainfall is forecast to intensify, with a further ... More >>

ORC Reminds Dog Owners To Be Wary Of Potentially Toxic Algae In Rivers

Monday, 21 December 2020, 3:11 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is asking dog owners to learn how to recognise potentially toxic algal mats in rivers, in order to keep their pets safe this summer. Phormidium, a naturally occurring algae, thrives in Otago rivers during summer – ... More >>

Funding And Next Steps Confirmed For Otago Climate Resilience Projects

Thursday, 17 December 2020, 3:25 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) has finalised an agreement with the Provincial Development Unit (PDU) for $5.44m in government funding for four engineering projects in Otago. The projects will help with flood resilience and environmental outcomes, ... More >>

ORC Undertaking Flyovers To Monitor Land Disturbance This Week

Wednesday, 16 December 2020, 9:53 am | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is once more taking to the skies for a bird’s eye view on land use in the region this week, to monitor for land disturbance from forestry and land developments. ORC Manager Compliance Tami Sargeant said the flights ... More >>

Statement On Department Of Internal Affairs Interest In ORC

Friday, 11 December 2020, 4:25 pm | Otago Regional Council

As briefly noted in a recent Stuff news article, the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) took an interest in the Otago Regional Council (ORC) earlier this year, however this interest has not extended beyond informal conversations. The interest was particularly ... More >>

Buy and stack your firewood now to burn dry and breathe easy

Friday, 11 December 2020, 12:18 pm | Otago Regional Council

Stacking firewood during summer ensures it will have time to dry out before winter, meaning less air pollution from home heating. More >>

Green Light To Swim: Summer Swim Monitoring Kicks Off With Good Results Across Otago

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 3:08 pm | Otago Regional Council

Summer recreation water quality monitoring runs between December and the end of March every year. The results of summer recreation monitoring this week are green across the board for Otago, indicating safe swimming conditions at 25 popular freshwater ... More >>

ORC Extends $2 Bus Fares In Dunedin Until Mid-2021

Wednesday, 9 December 2020, 4:47 pm | Otago Regional Council

The flat fares, introduced with the launch of the Bee Card in September, will continue until at least the end of June next year. The Otago Regional Council (ORC) decided today to retain the current flat bus fares in Dunedin for at least the remainder ... More >>

ORC To Receive Over $6m In Funding For Wilding Conifer And Wallaby Control This Year

Monday, 7 December 2020, 3:02 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) has entered into funding agreements with Biosecurity New Zealand as part of its National Wilding Conifer and National Wallaby Programmes for operations commencing between this year and 2024. Under these agreements, ORC ... More >>

ORC Tallies Up Its Own Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 4:30 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) today presented an inventory of its own greenhouse gas output (GHG) for the financial year 2018-19. The inventory tallied ORC’s total gross GHG output over the 12-month period at 578 tonnes, made up mostly from transport ... More >>

ORC Approves ECO Fund Recipients For October Round Of Funding

Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 2:49 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) approved funding for ten projects totalling nearly $125,000 through its ECO Fund today. The ECO Fund is a contestable fund supporting community-driven projects that protect, enhance and promote Otago’s environment. ... More >>

ORC Appealing For Information About Otago Harbour Diesel Spill

Thursday, 12 November 2020, 2:47 pm | Otago Regional Council

An estimated 400-600L of diesel has spilled into the South Dunedin stormwater network and into the Otago Harbour at Andersons Bay. The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is appealing for information to help identify the source of the spill, and have enacted ... More >>

Significant Progress Being Made On Lower Clutha Flood Damage Repairs

Friday, 6 November 2020, 3:08 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is making good progress on repairing damage to drainage and flood protection assets that resulted from floods in the Lower Clutha earlier this year. ORC Manager Engineering Michelle Mifflin said the most visible ... More >>

Report Highlights Impacts Of Changing Climate

Friday, 16 October 2020, 3:18 pm | Otago Regional Council

The Ministry of Environment’s Our atmosphere and climate 2020 report, released yesterday, highlights the impact that climate change is already having on New Zealand, including on temperatures and weather events, biodiversity, and natural hazard risks. ... More >>