Community Catchment Plan

A catchment is an area which collects rainfall into streams and down into the soil, eventually feeding rivers, lakes and wetlands. The Upper Clutha catchment covers a total area of 4,600 km2.

The Community Catchment Plan (CCP) is our roadmap to improve and maintain the long-term health of the wider Upper Clutha’s freshwater. It identifies risks to the health of our waterways, gaps in our understanding and actions we need to take in order to mitigate the effects of human activity on our aquatic ecosystems. Some of the actions fall within the responsibility of the Otago Regional Council and the Queenstown Lakes District Council. Others will be led by WAI Wānaka in collaboration with the community. Click here to view the full CCP document or the CCP summary.

Why do we need to protect freshwater?

In order for all life to thrive, clean water is essential. Protecting the health of our environment ensures that future generations will continue to enjoy our waterways and outdoor lifestyle as we do today. The CCP objectives are grouped into two key themes, which evolved from community input and national guidance: Healthy Ecosystems and Community Wellbeing.

What are the risks to our freshwater?

Our waterways are no longer as pristine as they appear and face increasing pressures within five Risk Areas. Positive action is being effected through community collaboration, a collective vision for the future and support to enable the development of urban and rural environmental plans.


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Latest news: April 8th, 2021

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Latest news: March 19th, 2021

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Jobs for Nature Update 01/03/2021

Latest news: March 5th, 2021

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