This page has information on how you can help look after water lakes, rivers and streams in your community.
There are some great initiatives for getting ‘hands on’ in improving your local waterways. These include litter removal, riparian planting and wetland restoration.
To find events or initiatives in your region, check out:
- the Department of Conservation (DOC) Getting involved section
- LAWA's listing of community events
- your local councils see council maps and websites
- your local iwi or hapū (see Te Kāhui Māngai - Directory of Iwi and Māori Organisations) local action groups — your council will have contact details, and some can be found on the Naturespace website
- local action groups — your council will have contact details, and some can be found on the Naturespace website
- any activities your local schools may be involved in.
Help prevent the spread of pests
Freshwater pests can be spread by your activities in and around waterways. If you're moving between waterways, you must clean all your gear using the 'Check, Clean, Dry' method.
Get involved in freshwater management
Throughout the regional and district planning processes there are opportunities for communities to be involved. See Opportunities for community involvement on the How water is managed web page.
For consultations happening now — check out the consultation sections of our website, the Department of Conservation website and the Ministry of Primary Industries website. See also your local council websites to make submissions on plan changes or take part in collaborative management groups.
Thanks very much for your efforts! The environment appreciates it.