Integrated Catchment Management

Sherry River Community

 Research Status: Ongoing
Sherry River field day - November 2007

Sherry River field day - November 2007


The Sherry River is a 7800 ha sub-catchment in the upper reaches of the Motueka River situated in Tasman District, Nelson. Made up of forestry in the upper end of the valley with a mix of dairy, sheep & beef units and a few smaller lifestyle blocks.

Following monitoring work in the early days of the ICM programme, the Sherry River was identified as a hot spot of fecal contamination. This led to the formation of the Sherry River Catchment Group and the cow crossing experiments that ultimately saw the 4 significant crossings bridged.

The group became motivated to do more once subsequent monitoring revealed that, although there was a significant reduction in bacterial contamination, the water quality still exceeded the guidelines for contact recreation standards. So it became clear that in order to gain further improvements in water quality a range of other best environmental practices were required. A successful application was made to the Sustainable Farming Fund to enable environmental farm plans to be prepared and this work began in 2007.

Research Approach

Meetings facilitated by the NZ Landcare Trust in association with the ICM programme have enabled a group of landowners in the catchment to come together as a landcare or catchment group.

Their current primary aim is to get the water quality of the Sherry River down to contact recreational bathing standards by carrying out a range of best practices under an umbrella of environmental farm planning that is supported via Maf's Sustainable Farming Fund.

Research Results

A workshop was held on 26th of October to bring people up to date on progress and developments.

Riparian management at Roy Bensemann's farm Farm meeting around farm planning

Riparian management at Roy Bensemann's farm

Farm meeting around farm planning

Recent Publications

Year Title File Size
2012 A Summary of Outcomes and selected formal publications from the Integrated Catchment Management (ICM)research programme:2000 – 2011
pdf       1.08MB
2011 The Sherry River – a Success Story 2.97MB
2011 Facilitating voluntary action to reduce rural land use impacts in the Motueka River catchment pdf       3.59MB
2011 Integrated Catchment Management – Special Issue of the NZ Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research  
2010 The Sherry River Story – Improving Water Quality through Whole Catchment Planning. pdf       3.71MB
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Recent Presentations

Year Title File Size
2012 Fenemor AD 2012. THE SCIENCE OF INTEGRATED CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT: Implications for Dairy Farming. Presentation to "Dairying on the Front Foot" symposium organised by NZ Landcare Trust at Seifried Estate, Nelson, 18 May 2012. 31 slides. pdf       5.50MB
2011 Facilitating voluntary action to reduce rural land use impacts in the Motueka River catchment. pdf       0.02MB
2006 Bugs n mud: E. coli, turbidity and flow relationships for the Motueka River. ppt       1.11MB
2006 Faecal microbial pollution of waters. pdf       0.19MB
2005 Faecal pollution reduced by bridging of stream crossings on the Sherry River, Tasman District – Ecol Soc, Nelson pdf       2.18MB
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BMPs, BEPs and Guidelines

Title Description
Culvert and Bridge Construction Guidelines for Farmers From guide:
These guidelines provide dairy farmers considering constructing a culvert or bridg...More »  
Clean Streams: A Guide to Managing Waterways on Tasman – Marlborough Farms From booklet:
This booklet provides information about how to manage waterways to improve water...More »  
A Guide to Managing Farm Dairy Effluent – Tasman/Marlborough From booklet:
This booklet provides best management practices for the main systems currently o...More »  
Dairy Shed Effluent Treatment and Disposal Guidelines From Booklet:
This guideline is to provide some assistance to the farming community about what...More »  
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Primary Contacts:

Image - Andrew Fenemor Andrew Fenemor  EmailSend email to fenemora
Phone: 03 545 7710
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Landcare Research
ICM programme management; local liaison; resource management; hydrology and water resource management
Image - Barbara Stuart Barbara Stuart  EmailSend email to barbara.stuart
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NZ Landcare Trust
Farmer liasion/facilitation, river monitoring, conservation
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Page last updated Friday, 9 November 2007

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