Integrated Catchment Management

Farm environmental planning

 Research Status: Ongoing
Bridge over the Sherry River at Bavin's place

Bridge over the Sherry River at Bavin's place


The Sherry River Catchment Group is a landowner group within a sub-catchment of the Motueka River situated in Tasman, Nelson. Research has shown that some land uses and management practices have contributed to poor water quality. Landowners have determined to turn that around by bridging, culverting, riparian management and improved environmental planning involving all landuse types.

The Sherry River Catchment Group is important as a demonstation of landowner leadership that came about as a result of a facilitated, collaborative approach between the Science community, Council and landowners to understanding the findings of science. They also see the benefits of a catchment focus as a means to improve water quality, improved environmental planning and the value in sharing lessons with others across the region.

The Sherry River Catchment Project builds on a successful ICM project in which dairy farmers built bridges for herd crossings following a collaborative research project which showed that cow crossings degraded water quality in the river. Water quality has since improved but not consistently to swimmable standard. This project designs and begins implementing environmental practices agreed at catchment scale for further water quality improvement.

Research Approach

This project will implement a whole-catchment approach to helping landowners improve waterquality in the Sherry River Catchment. This involves trialling a collaborative approach to farm environmental planning for all productive land uses in the catchment, supported by scientific information from the Motueka Integrated Catchment Management research programme and 9 partner agencies. The Sherry is expected to become a Top-of-the-South demonstration catchment for collaborative farm environmental management.

Project steps are:

Research Results

Initial work has begun with development of a Landowner Environmental Planning template and a menu of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the initial field day held 26 October 2007.

Sherry River land uses August 2007 Sherry farmers discussion Oct 2005

Sherry River land uses August 2007

Sherry farmers discussion Oct 2005

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
2010 The Sherry River Story – Improving Water Quality through Whole Catchment Planning. pdf       3.71MB
2009 Sherry River Water Quality Investigation 2007–08 pdf       1011KB
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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       5629KB
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BMPs, BEPs and Guidelines

Title Description
Sustainable Management of Native Vegetation Areas in South Marlborough From manual:
Guidelines for landowners to develop a management plan for the sustainable manage...More »  
Information on key sustainable farming topics From website:
A table designed to help find information/publications that are related to whole...More »  
Soil Conservation Technical Handbook The Soil Conservation Technical Handbook is a comprehensive collection of know how about soil conser...More »  
Managing Waterways on Farms: A guide to sustainable water and riparian management in rural New Zealand From website:
This publication provides background information about the sources, causes and p...More »  
Sustainable Options: Farm Tracks––planning, construction and maintenance A guide to planning, constructing and maintenance of effective farm tracks. One in a series of land...More »  
Culvert Crossings A guide to the proper construction of culvert stream–crossings. One in a series of land manag...More »  
Sustainable Options: Care groups A guide to organizing a local land care group. One in a series of land management guidelines:
...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 »  
Culvert and Bridge Construction Guidelines for Farmers From guide:
These guidelines provide dairy farmers considering constructing a culvert or bridg...More »  
Dairying and the Environment: Farm Management Issues
From manual:
The purpose of this manual is to provide guidelines to dairy farmers and their ad...More »  
Dairying and the Environment: Managing Farm Dairy Effluent From manual:
The purpose of this manual is to assist dairy farmers and farm management special...More »  
New Zealand constructed wetland planting guidelines From NZWWA website:
These guidelines provide basic guidance for treatment wetland designers an...More »  
Making Dollars and Sense of Nutrient Management: 7 steps to success From booklet:
This booklet has been developed as a practical guide to sustainable nutrient man...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 Monday, 12 November 2007

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