Enhancing our Environment with Riparian Planting
Riparian zones are the land beside a creek, river, lake, or wetland. Planting native grasses, sedges, flaxes, shrubs, and/or trees in riparian zones can improve the health of waterways by filtering nutrients before they reach the water, including nitrogen, phosphorus, and bacteria such as E. coli.
Riparian planting has other benefits too:
Enhanced ecosystem health (including habitat for insects) and increased biodiversity
Reduced sediment runoff and increased bank stabilisation
Provides shade that decreases waterway temperatures (this reduces weed growth and provides stable temperatures for aquatic organisms)
Provides shelter for stock
Potential recreational opportunities such as fishing and swimming spots
For a copy of the Otago Regional Council Guide to plants that will work best for East and North Otago, CLICK HERE.