Waikaka Stream Catchment Group

Catchment includes the Waikaka and Pukerau streams. The Waikaka Stream is the local water body for the wider Waikaka community in Eastern Southland. It is used for many recreational activities, such as swimming and fishing, and runs through many farming properties in the district. The community formed a Catchment Group in late 2017 to establish a way to manage the stream based on changing regulations and legislation from Environment Southland (Regional Government).

Group Chair

Craig McIntyre
(Chair)

Chris Affleck
(Co-Chair)

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Group coordinator

Sandra Campbell

Number of members in the CG

50

Date the CG started

2017

Types of people in the group

Good mix of sheep, beef, dairy and cropping, Waikaka and Pukerau townships and schools.

Projects completed

Sediment traps, planting riparian areas, winter grazing paddock selection, water testing in conjunction with Beef and Lamb.

Hosted events / meetings

AGM on 22 February 2021 at Waikaka Sports Complex.

Other

The stream’s water quality is measured by Environment Southland at a single point in the catchment, close to the confluence between the stream and the Mataura River. Therefore, current recording only reflects the cumulative impact of any agricultural or other activity that may be altering the water quality of the stream.

The Water Quality Assessment of the Waikaka Stream report presents the findings of a research project conducted at the University of Otago, assessing the overall water quality of the Waikaka Stream, and the management views of the local community. The report will first outline how data was gathered, through in-stream water quality measurements, and interviews with local farmers in the district. The purpose of this report is to present the findings of postgraduate research to the community and other stakeholders of the Waikaka Stream. These results are designed to assist in future management of the stream, working towards improved water quality outcomes for the catchment.

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Group coordinator

Sandra Campbell

The Waikaka Stream is the local water body for the wider Waikaka community in Eastern Southland. It is used for many recreational activities, such as swimming and fishing, and runs through many farming properties in the district. The community formed a Catchment Group in late 2017 to establish a way to manage the stream based on changing regulations and legislation from Environment Southland.

The stream’s water quality is measured by Environment Southland at a single point in the catchment, close to the confluence between the stream and the Mataura River. Therefore, current recording only reflects the cumulative impact of any agricultural or other activity that may be altering the water quality of the stream. 

This report presents the findings of a research project conducted at the University of Otago, assessing the overall water quality of the Waikaka Stream, and the management views of the local community. The report outlines how data was gathered through in-stream water quality measurements, and interviews with local farmers in the district. These results are designed to assist in future management of the stream, working towards improved water quality outcomes for the catchment.

 

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