Planning a successful crossing

Farmer Freddy is planning a new route to move his stock which involves crossing a stream. First he has to consider the type of crossing he needs to install and the ramifications that holds.

Freddy is sitting at the kitchen table, ruminating about all the things he has to do around the farm.

After the long, hard winter, with more than one covering of snow, one of his top priorities is building another route to move his stock. He's been thinking for a while about the best route to use and has decided on one, which involves crossing a stream.

"Ah well," he thinks, "I'd best discuss it with Pebbles before I do anything rash. I don't want to be ham-handed."

Just then, he was interrupted by a knock at the door. Pebbles had called in for a cup of tea on her way back from seeing a client.

"Great timing, Pebbles," says Freddy as he puts the jug on. "I've come up with a great idea to move the stock across the stream to the paddocks in half the time that it takes now!"

"Tell me more, Dad," says Pebbles cautiously. "I'm sure you've taken into account, for example, issues like protecting water quality, and installing a properly designed crossing."

"Of course I have," replies Freddy, impatiently. "I've thought about the design, so I just need to get the builder out. He'll be able to whip something up in no time."

"There is a bit more involved than that Dad," Pebbles explains.

"For us a start, you'll need to plan what type of crossing you intend to build. Are you going to put in a bridge? Or put in a culvert for the water to flow through? You'll also need to think about how any structure may affect the surrounding environment."

"The environment?" Freddie asks.

"Yes, Dad," replies Pebbles.

"You'll need to talk to the regional council about the effects the bridge or culvert will have on the stream flow, aquatic life and erosion. You'll need to see if you need any resource consents."

"Hmm," says Freddy, looking less buoyant. "Is there anything else?"

"Well, to be on the safe side," says Pebbles, "it would be best to give the district council a call to see if your bridge or culvert needs a building consent. There might also be other issues to consider: for example, at certain times of the year, you can't complete work in a stream area due to fishery production. There are lots of issues to look into here."

"Crikey," says Freddy, feeling quite overwhelmed. "This is looking like it may be more difficult than I thought. Never mind, let's get on with it. But first, shall we have another cup of tea?"


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