Protecting, restoring and creating wetlands on farm can help reduce nutrient losses and improve downstream water quality.
While the science behind wetlands is well understood, the recipe to restore and develop them on individual farms in cost-effective ways is not well tested.
Over the next two years we will showcase the journey of a Waikato dairy farm wetland project and build practical advice around design, construction and operation along the way. Stay tuned for regular updates and find out how a wetland can help reduce nitrate leaching on your farm and on farms across New Zealand.
The story so far…
We’ve created a 1.1ha wetland (0.6ha constructed and 0.5ha restored area) on a 267ha dairy farm at Litchfield. The time-lapse video below documents how the wetland was constructed over 12 days and how volunteers planted the riparian margin on 30 May 2015.
Join us on the journey
Keep checking this page for updates on everything listed below. We'd love you to participate in our wetland planting day in September and field day in November. More information will be available on this page closer to the time.
Monitoring equipment goes live
Wetland planting day
Wetland goes live
First field day
Design guidelines available
First results of wetland performance