Council has encouraged and promoted the formation of streamcare groups with an interest in environmental quality and worked with them to achieve their environmental goals. Common issues addressed by streamcare groups include water quality, erosion, pest management and native vegetation decline. Council provides technical advice and information, and can offer fencing materials and trees for erosion control.
Streamcare groups carry out a range of projects, including:
Council works with New Zealand Landcare Trust to provide support to streamcare groups by helping them to get established and linking them to advice and support networks. Together the two organisations assist communities working towards more sustainable agricultural practices.
Visit the New Zealand Landcare Trust website for further details:
Some of the most successful Streamcare groups in Tasman include:
Think about starting your own group if there are no streamcare groups in your area already. The first step is to define the environmental issues in your area that need addressing, for example:
Find out if anyone else in your area feels the same way. Start talking to neighbours, friends and family. What would they like to see done to help the local environment? What do they think could be improved?
Think about who else needs to be involved in a local streamcare group. Contact groups such as hunters, anglers, horse riding groups, farmers and your local marae.
How much support have you got out there? By gauging the level of interest you can determine whether it is worthwhile calling everyone together for a meeting. If you decide it is worthwhile, get in touch with the New Zealand Landcare Trust or Council.