Tasman District Council manages various stopbanks along the Waimea, Lower Motueka and Riwaka Rivers for flood protection purposes. Maintenance of the Council owned banks is funded though collection of X river rates.

Under the 1941 Soil Conservation and River Control Act the Council is responsible for managing the stopbanks for the benefit of the whole community. There are also stopbanks that are privately maintained.

Keeping our stopbanks in peak condition is vital – a stopbank is only as good as its weakest part. No one wants to be liable for a section of bank in poor condition that fails in a flood. While it has been some decades since the stopbanked areas have received a major flood, we must not be complacent.

Download the brochure about Council Stopbanks - Responsibilities and Requirements, May 2014 (pdf, 317 KB)

Tidy maintenance
Track crossings
Other structures on the banks
Shelter belts
Vegetation control
What you can do
What the Council will do

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