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Storms highlight Coromandel erosion problems

Heavy rain in the Coromandel this winter has highlighted the area’s problems with flooding in rivers and streams, Environment Waikato Land Management Officer Emily O’Donnell says.

Recent storms had shown how vulnerable the Coromandel catchments were and the importance of having stable healthy rivers, streams and hillsides. Winter grazing was lost, fences washed out and hillsides were on the move.

Environment Waikato could help landowners stabilise hillsides and gullies, protect and enhance stream banks and reduce the loss of soil, she said. Looking after land improved productivity, decreased the amount of sediment flowing into waterways and enhanced biodiversity.

“This work includes fencing off existing bush blocks and erosion prone areas such as stream banks and hillsides and planting correct species for the nature of the environment.”

The Council could provide up to 35 percent of the total cost of the project through the Peninsula Project, as well as on-going technical support and advice to landowners, she said. The landowner’s contribution could be made up of in-kind work, such as labour and site preparation, and the cost of some of the materials.

“It’s about working with landowners, not telling them how to do it. We want the best outcomes for the landowner, their business and the environment. This way everyone wins. It is a partnership approach, finding solutions together,” she said.

Landowners wanting help with erosion problems could call Environment Waikato's Freephone 0800 800 401.

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