This community project is driven by farmers within the six Aparima Catchment Groups (Orepuki, Pourakino, Waimatuku, Lower, Mid and Upper Aparima). The Aparima Community Environment (ACE) project expands over three years and has four different workstreams:
- Workstream 1 raises community awareness and engagement through stream walks and water testing.
- Workstream 2 involves working with farmers to understand and manage environmental risks on-farm, and implement additional good management practices and farm environment plans (FEP).
- Workstream 3 entails providing farmers with expert help to create a network of sediment traps and further guidance on cost implications and effectiveness.
- Workstream 4 explores future solutions, including alternative farming systems and environmental mitigations.