The Teviot Water Care Group, recipients of the Otago/South Canterbury Westpac Water Care Grant, recently hosted a successful planting day in the Cave Creek catchment. The Westpac Water Care Grant funding facilitated, experts, fencing materials, digger time, and water quality monitoring, all aimed at creating pilot sediment traps.

On the planting day, twelve farmers from the catchment gathered to observe the sediment traps in action. They split into two teams to visit three sites and planted 200 native plants, assisted by Westpac Volunteers from the Dunedin branch.

Glen McDonald, the lead farmer, provided an overview of the project to group members and the Westpac volunteers, including insights into the Cave Creek catchment water quality issues and the trial of the structures.

The Teviot Valley Water Care Group aimed to address the overland flow of phosphate via soil runoff, a major contaminant in Central Otago’s Teviot Valley. The group has implemented sediment traps to reduce plumes, thereby informing best practices for the sub-catchment. They intend to monitor the effectiveness of the structures through water testing and share results with other farmers in the group as a possible tool in the toolbox.

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