As part of the Wānaka Water Project, 24,000 native plants are being planted over five years to restore riparian margins. This is led by Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust in partnership with landowners, QLDC, ORC and other stakeholders.
Riparian zones are the land beside a creek, river, lake or wetland. Planting native grasses, sedges, flaxes, shrubs and/or trees in riparian zones can improve the health of waterways by filtering nutrients before they reach the water, including nitrogen, phosphorus and bacteria such as E. coli.
Other benefits of riparian planting:
- Enhanced ecosystem health (including habitat for insects) and increased biodiversity
- Reduced sediment runoff and increased bank stabilisation
- Provides shade that decreases waterway temperatures (this reduces weed growth and provides stable temperatures for aquatic organisms)
- Potential recreational opportunities such as fishing and swimming spots
To find out more about current riparian planting projects in the region and how to get involved with Te Kākano click here.
To become part of the community who is funding the Cardrona Kaitiaki riparian plating project through Million Metres, click here. Speight’s and Fonterra are doubling all donations!