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.

CCP Actions

Being a freshwater scientist

Latest news: November 26th, 2020

Melanie Vermeulen did a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Ecology. Her focus at the time was on palaeoecology and the ecological interactions that are lost with species extinction. For her thesis, she used ancient DNA analysis on moa coprolites (fossil dung) to look at diet and gastrointestinal parasites of the Little Bush Moa. How

Food & Fibre Farm Tour at the Reset Summit a great success

Latest news: November 4th, 2020

Catchment groups across the Upper Clutha have been taking action to improve water and land ecosystems. WAI Wānaka arranged for five high country stations to welcome Reset Summit attendees onto their properties. These visits provided an opportunity for farmers and townsfolk alike to learn about soil health, riparian planting, carbon sequestration, water monitoring and to gain a better

Wanaka Project receives $3 million to boost local environmental efforts

Latest news: November 3rd, 2020

A Wanaka project will get $3 million to deliver improvements in freshwater quality and biodiversity, and provide jobs, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “The WAI Wānaka Jobs for Nature project will provide much-needed work for those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19,” said Mr O’Connor. “These jobs will involve a mix of environmental

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