Motupipi River Catchment Project is a Golden Opportunity for local High School students.

| By Enviroschools Tasman team

Golden Bay High School student Clara Struck carefully plants a sedge (Carex secta). She is with 14 other GBHS students doing the same (see banner image).



Before the earthworks, clearing and planting it looked like this.












Diggers created ponds in what was a boggy part of the paddock.

They are planting the edges of a newly constructed wetland on the Berkett’s dairy farm in Golden Bay.

The little stream from the wetland flows into Berkett Creek, then into Powell Creek and down into the Motupipi River.

Thousands of trees are getting planted all along the banks of the river and its tributaries by landowners, volunteers and local student groups.

The yellow triangle is the new Berkett’s wetland. The orange triangle is the site where the sediment was removed from the Motupipi River.