Lake Brunner Project

NZ Landcare Trust has been heavily involved in the delivery of the Lake Brunner Project, working alongside West Coast Regional Council (WCRC) and Westland Milk Products to assist the Lake Brunner Community Catchment Care Group. Support by the Ministry for the Environment for freshwater remediation work within the Lake Brunner Catchment has acted as the catalyst for progress.

Lake Brunner is a large, deep lake, near Greymouth on the West Coast. It has relatively high water quality and attracts people from beyond the region with its diverse recreational opportunities. However water quality monitoring since the early 1990's reveals that an increase in intensive agriculture within the catchment has lead to greater nutrient levels. There are variable measures of water quality and concern in the local community has led to action designed to preserve the future of this outstanding resource.

The Lake Brunner Community Catchment Care Group was formed in early 2013, and is supported by the Trust, WCRC and a host of other organisation including Te Runanga o Ngati Waewae, the Lake Brunner Community Association, DOC, Grey District Council, West Coast Fish and Game, DairyNZ and Westland Milk Products.

The West Coast Regional Council has secured up to $200k over two years from MfE's 'Fresh Start for Freshwater Clean-up Fund'. The Council along with Westland Milk Products will fund and develop 25 Farm Environment Plans, specific to each property. Up to $180k from the Fund will be made available in the form of works grants to undertake recommendations in the farm plans. This will be matched by a contribution from the landowner, where the work is over and above the statutory rules for the catchment.

In addition a community fund of up to $20k is available to undertake remedial works on public land that aims to improve water quality, with the Trust co-leading this aspect with the Care Group. The Care Group identified areas for riparian plantings (subject to approval from MfE, Council and adjoining landowners) and is worked with representatives from the Rotomanu Nursery to source plants for Lake Poerua, Ryder Road (Mitchells), Homestead Creek and Iveagh Bay.

 


 

More information is available from NZ Landcare Trust's Janet Gregory: