Stoney Creek

Stoney Creek

With what began as a robust discussion between passionate farmers who were directly affected by the water quality of the catchment has turned into a dedicated catchment group who work proactively on their land to help improve and further enhance the water quality of the Stoney Creek catchment.

Stoney Creek is a small seasonally flowing stream which flows in a south easterly direction from above Hiwinui and enters the Manawatu River at Te Matai Road, just north of Palmerston North township.

The creek has a 2400 hectare catchment and is made up of extensive sheep and beef farms, dairy farms, market garden and horticultural areas and an ever expanding number of lifestyle blocks.

Stoney Creek

This catchment also has a very visual frontage onto State Highway 3 toward the Manawatu Gorge, two schools along its length (one which has already expressed interest in an initiative) and currently has low levels of stock exclusion and large volumes of sediment passing down this creek during rain events. Based on discussions with landowners, drawing additional landowners and community members into the project will not be challenging.

This creek is also in very close proximity to Palmerston North and Ashhurst. These two urban centres could be drawn to this project given the increasing urban interest in water quality enhancement works and the ease of access to this creek from these centres.

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