Manage a Stream

Plant natives

Plantings can be attractive and help increase native biodiversity and thus improve water quality. Native plants allow water to seep into the soils, decreasing the volume of surface water runoff and reduce flood risk and pollutant discharge into natural drains.

Native plants can make a big difference to the stability of stream banks, as their roots hold the soil together. Planting the right variety of native plants around a stream also creates shade and enhances the stream habitat.

Planting of the drainage network is encouraged by the Council, but this needs to be approved. Some guidelines can be accessed by the following links:

You can apply for funding assistance through the Environment Canterbury Biodiversity Fund for projects to enhance a natural waterway.

Keep it healthy and keep it safe

Here are some tips for keeping a stream healthy and safe:

Other Resources and Reading Materials