Streamcare groups are partnerships where people work together to take action on local environmental issues. This page details active streamcare groups and projects in the district and how you can get involved.
Council has encouraged and promoted the formation of Streamcare Groups with an interest in environmental quality and worked with them to achieve their environmental goals. Common issues addressed by streamcare groups include water quality, erosion, pest management and native vegetation decline. Council provides technical advice and information, and can offer fencing materials and trees for erosion control.
Streamcare groups carry out a range of projects, including:
- Stream fencing and planting;
- Plant propagation;
- Water quality monitoring;
- Bush protection;
- Possum control;
- Walkway construction.
Council works with New Zealand Landcare Trust to provide support to streamcare groups by helping them to get established and linking them to advice and support networks. Together the two organisations assist communities working towards more sustainable agricultural practices.
Some of the most successful Stream Care groups in Tasman include:
- Pearl Creek stream habitat restoration project
- Reservoir Creek stream habitat restoration project
- Sherry Catchment Group river water quality improvement project
- Aorere Catchment Group disease-causing organism and stream habitat improvement project
Aorere Catchment Landcare Group
- Te Kakau Stream stream habitat improvement project
- Motupipi River water quality and stream habitat improvement project
- Tasman Valley Streamwater quality and stream habitat improvement project
- Motueka River water quality and stream habitat improvement project (part of Motueka Intergrated Catchment Management programme)
- Murchison Creek water quality and stream habitat improvement project
- Do local streams need to be protected from stock?
- Are waterways degrading in quality?
- Is the local bush in your area slowly dying from introduced browsing pests?
Think about who else needs to be involved in a local streamcare group. Contact groups such as hunters, anglers, horse riding groups, farmers and your local marae.
How much support have you got out there? By gauging the level of interest you can determine whether it is worthwhile calling everyone together for a meeting. If you decide it is worthwhile, get in touch with the New Zealand Landcare Trust or Council.
Contact Top of the South Co-ordinator of the New Zealand Landcare Trust
Contact Tasman District Council