We have previously explored options for a full FISA course in-river integrated with a renaturalisation of the river edge – the output of this exercise is detailed here. Recently however concerns have been raised about the level of water impoundment and potential water quality issues with this option and to a lesser extent the off-river option.
We have therefore explored further in-river options that enhance the current provision for flat water sports in Kerrs Reach, meet the identified needs of flatwater sports in Chch as defined by Regenerate Christchurch and address any water impoundment concerns, but do not meet FISA requirements for an international rowing lake.
This scenario is intermediate between current Kerrs Reach provision and the full in-river course. It incorporates smaller flatwater course facilities in the Kerrs Reach area by re-engineering sections of the river in different ways.
The maps show how three flatwater facility designs might be integrated into the scenario. These are:
The maps aren’t presented with any edge softening shown. However, as with the full length 2 km in-river course scenario, naturalisation treatments for the river margins could be included (e.g. to improve ecological values, waterway connectivity, dampen reflected wash from water craft etc).
NB: Floodable land maps are also provided with our full course scenario for reference.