THE WEST COAST RIVERS.
NEW CHANNEL FOR THE MANAWATU.
(By Telegraph.—Press Association.)' WELLINGTON, this. day. The Commission set up to investigate several important questions relating to the drainage of the - Fohanina, Oroua, and Manawatu rivers has made its report. Four schemes were considered by the Commission, which" recommends the cutting of a new channel for the Manawatu river, starting at Fishermen's Point, then coming into' an almost straight line for Foxton through the Flats, to the returned bed of the river, which it will cross, then cutting through a point at Matakakapa. This scheme would reduce the distance from Foxton to the Heads by two miles, and the cost would be about £35,000. The Commission is of opinion that the State should bear some portion of the cost.
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