Wānaka Water Project
Much has already been achieved through the Wānaka Water Project. In collaboration with a network of passionate individuals, regulators, scientists and community stakeholders, the Wānaka Water Project has improved understanding of the risks to our waterways and identified actions needed to manage their impacts.
The outcomes from the Wānaka Water Project will improve and maintain the long-term health of the wider Upper Clutha catchment area including Lake Wānaka, Lake Hāwea and the Clutha, Hāwea and Cardrona Rivers.
THE PROJECT HAS THREE KEY STREAMS OF WORK
Community Catchment Plan
This is our action plan for the Upper Clutha’s freshwater. It identifies risks to the health of the catchment and gaps in our understanding. The plan sets out 60 actions to achieve our community’s goals for the catchment.
Native plantings to restore riparian margins, led by Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust in partnership with landowners, QLDC, ORC and other stakeholders. Find out more about how you can support riparian planting.
Applied research focussed on Wānaka stormwater, assessing the effects of urban development on lake health. The results of this research will help to define future management measures.
MAP OF ACTIVITIES & SITES
Plants in the ground over 5 years
Plants planted across 17 sites
Metres of waterways protected
Square metres of riparian zones planted
Plants to go!
- August 2018 – Stormwater research workshop held in Wānaka.
- December 2018 – Year 1 $60K ‘Love Lake Wānaka’ Million Metres fundraising target achieved.
- February 2019 – Research funding approved for two stormwater projects.
- March 2019 – Water Survey launched. Water Hui and Water Workshop held.
- June 2019 – 4,500 plants in the ground thanks to Te Kākano volunteers. Literature Review complete.
- August 2019 Second Water Hui held.
- December 2019 Year 2 $60K ‘Love Lake Wānaka’ Million Metres fundraising target achieved.
- March 2020 Community Catchment Plan published.
- June 2020 Land Use Effects on the Health of Urban Streams report published by Melanie Vermeulen. View summary here.
- September 2020 Stakeholder update event with presentation from Melanie Vermuelen about her findings.
- March 2021 Year 3 $60K ‘Cardrona Kaitiaki’ Million Metres fundraising target achieved.
- March 2021 Stormwater Quality of Discharges into Lake Wānaka report published by Victoria Grant. View summary here.
- April 2021 ‘Love our Alpine Lakes‘ fundraising campaign launched.
- May 2021 Stakeholder update event held.
- To view our current Annual Plan click here.
75% of those who completed the Upper Clutha water survey in 2019 believe that water quality in the Upper Clutha is getting worse, with the key concerns being agricultural runoff, the use of pesticides, fertilisers and other chemicals, and issues related to population growth.
In 2019, WAI Wānaka commissioned a review of existing literature to assist with the development of the Community Catchment Plan. The literature review included: A state of the environment summary, high level policy and plan direction, risks to the catchment.
This work is made possible with the generous support of our community and partners:
News & Updates
- Wānaka Water Project update by Matt ShepherdKia ora koutou katoa! I haven’t had the chance to introduce myself to all of you yet. My name is Matt Shepherd and I have… Read more
- WAI Wānaka at the A&P ShowFor the first time, WAI Wānaka and nine other community organisations worked together with the Wānaka A&P Show last weekend to run a space called… Read more
- It’s been a big year!As we start to wind down and get excited about the upcoming break, we wanted to say a huge thank you to all of our… Read more
- Being a freshwater scientistMelanie Vermeulen did a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Ecology. Her focus at the time was on palaeoecology and the ecological interactions that are… Read more