The Otamita Stream begins 15 km NW of Gore and drains into the Mataura River which is part of the Mataura Fresh Water Management Unit. The Catchment Group covers an area of 17,000 ha that includes a total of 18 farms and the Mandeville Township. The farms within this catchment are primarily sheep and beef with one dairy farm at the bottom of the catchment. The topography is mostly steep to rolling, and uniquely spans one physiographic zone - Bedrock/Hill Country.
Cameron Grant ChairBarry Roughan Co-Chair
Otamita Catchment Group is a new group currently working towards building relationships and engagement with the township as part of their future plans.
The Otamita Catchment Group is a relatively new group having started in 2020.
Majority sheep and beef, with one dairy and one cropping property.
E. coli testing day, including a brainstorming workshop.
Nutrient trap/sediment pond catchment-wide planning project.
The group has held two on farm events this year, an E. coli testing day and an introduction day to MCI and stream habitat assessment workshop.
The group has also hosted Lloyd McCall from the Pomahaka Group to talk about their progress and intentions. This was well supported by all the community.
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