Our Streams Our Dreams
Tēnā koutou katoa, nau mai haere mai ki ō tātou
Recently we were fortunate to attend a Wetland Syposium
and this provided great inspiration for us, connecting with and learning from other community organisations and professionals passionate about our Wetlands in Aotearoa.
It was highlighted that there is a need for a more integrated approach amongst our scientific, community and bureaucratic sectors to stop the persistent degradation and reduction of our wetlands.
Water Sensitive Design
in our urban areas as a superior solution to our flooding issues which also protects the health of our streams and harbours. Incorporating vegetative swales, marshes and swamps into our stormwater design mimicking the wonderful wetland benefits of acting as a sponge and filter gently releasing water over a long period. This is in contrast to the current main engineering solution of only culveting stormwater directly into our streams and harbours.
We were also thrilled that Sarah Whitwell (our Council Project Twin Streams Riparian Coordinator) gave a presentation of our own wonderful Glen Eden Wirihana Wetland. ‘The Restoration of Wirihana Wetland by Project Twin Streams – an urban case study.’ She gave a great overview of the issues and processes involved in restoring our suburban wetland and recognised the importance of the Glen Eden community involvement in the restoration.
Glen Edenites planting Wirihana Wetland last October!
Make A Difference (MAD) Stream Clean up.
The MAD crew working with us to clean up Waikumete Stream in January.