Significant improvements have already been made in protecting Ruatoria township from the erosion caused by the meanderings of the Waiapu River.
Large concrete groynes installed to divert the Waiapu River away from the Ruatoria township are working well. The porous groynes are slowly diverting the water flow towards the middle of the river and away from the badly-eroded right bank.
Stage 2 of the project will involve installing more groynes upriver. This is planned for 2012/13 and will cost $200,000. If fully effective, stage 3 – which is planned to start in 2013/14 and cost $415,000 - will not be needed.
The Waiapu Catchment will benefit from a collaborative partnership between the Partners:
The 3 parties signed a memorandum of understanding demonstrating a 100-year commitment to collaboratively work with landowners. It will address the health of the Waiapu River Catchment, especially catchment wide hill country erosion and downstream impacts.
Visit website for erosion programme - Ministry of Primary Industries website