Upper Clutha Lakes and Catchments Community Water Management Plan

Lead Organisation: Te Kakano Aotearoa Trust - Lake Wanaka

Project duration: 5 years
Freshwater Improvement Fund contribution: Up to $375,000

This project will develop a community management plan for Lake Wanaka to ensure the lake is clean and accessible for future generations. There are particular concerns about lake snow in Lakes Wanaka and Hawea and the potential linkages with nutrient run-off and land use change.  The project is a partnership with the Regional and District Councils and Catchments Otago Research Theme based at the University of Otago. 


If we build it, will peripatus come? 

Lead Organisation: Catchments Otago

Project duration: 1 year
MBIE Participatory Science Platform (Otago): $20,000

Dunedin primary school students will assess urban greenspaces for key peripatus habitat factors and overall invertebrate biodiversity. The children will identify habitat features Dunedin peripatus prefer that also show the highest invertebrate biodiversity and work to create such habitats on their school grounds, as well as develop flyers on ‘creating invertebrate-friendly urban environments at home'.


 Electro-fishing Roaring Meg, Central Otago Photo courtesy of Gerry Closs


Vegetation sampling in the lee of a 50 year old snow fence on the Old Man Range, Central Otago Photo courtesy of Kath Dickinson


Stream channel experiment testing effects of runoff containing antibiotics and effluent on stream ecology in North Otago Photo courtesy of Cynthia Winkworth


Using drones to study seasonal snow cover on the Pisa Range, Southern Alps Photo courtesy of Pascal Sirguey