I didn’t really get how zinc from galvanised roofs could be poisoning the estuary until I made this map. I found a presentation by Marcus Cameron which suggests that sites the source (the head of the estuary) are trending up (more zinc). At the same stormwater conference Judy Anne Ansen showed a pie chart on Industrial (Mt Wellington) zinc sources with about 80% attributed to roofs.
Marine report card for Tamaki is here:
More in depth articles on the zinc problem here:
This one is the best SOURCE CONTROL OR TRADITIONAL BMPS? AN ASSESSMENT OF BENEFITS AND COSTS IN AUCKLAND CITY
My Questions/ Answered:
- How bad is zinc for the environment & what is it hurting? / 50% of organisms are expected to be affected
- Can we remove it without moving the mud?
- Is painting industrial roofs clearly the most effective fix? / Yes, tho storm water ponds can be great and they have other benefits