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Farmers helping farmers to make a cleaner, greener future

The primary objective is to encourage and support the development of farmer-led catchment groups throughout the Clutha District. It is envisioned that these groups will work together to identify common issues, and find local solutions to local issues.

About Us


To engage our Communities to protect and enhance water quality now and for future generations

Who We Are

The Clutha Community Trust set up a network of 8 river catchment groups in the Clutha District to monitor and improve water discharge from farms in our area.

The main reason for the development of these groups was the Otago Regional Council water plan and the affects on farmers and their farming systems.

Catchment groups are now encouraged to be farmer-led with the overall goal of improved water quality through the exchange of information as well as continued education.

The Catchment Groups

Waiwera-Kaihiku, Owaka, Tuapeka-Waitahuna, Lower Clutha, Lake Tuakitoto and Tokomairiro


Our Values

  • Sustainable businesses across the whole region thriving beside a healthy and diverse ecosystem for the enjoyment of the whole community
  • Owning any issues and accepting the responsibility to make changes
  • A collaborative approach that provides solutions and celebrates successes
  • Diverse habitats and healthy water ecology
  • Communities enjoying water for all recreational activities

What We Do

As farmers we need to take ownership and be proactive in our water quality management in order to ensure a clean, green environment for future generations to live, work and play.

Through these individual water care groups, we can work alongside and support one another in the promotion of sustainable management practices.

Regular meetings of farmer-led catchments, and through the development of their own management plans, we can find local solutions to local issues that are unique to each group.

Goals of Catchment Groups

  • To establish sub catchment groups
  • Farmers encouraging farmers
  • Share and encourage best practice by all
  • Communicate simple messages
  • Improve water quality across all tributaries
  • Regulation changes that allow activities that help improve water quality.
  • Measure and celebrate progress
  • Tell our story
  • Community recognition of efforts made

Get Involved

Join our on-farm water testing and take ownership of your environmental footprint and be proactive in improving the quality of water leaving your farm.


Annual Subscription will be valid from 1 July to 30 June

Annual Subscription Fee: $280 + GST (per farmer)

Click here for Subscription Information

Subscription Benefits

Regular opportunities for farmers to conduct discharge tests to assess the contribution of their own businesses.

  • 1 x FREE discharge test annually (E.Coli, DRP, NNN, NH4)
  • Discounted tests thereafter $70 + GST per test site

We also help subscribers with Working in Waterways resource consent applications (price available on request).

Get In Touch

Lloyd McCall - Project Manager
027 248 9090

Laura Moore - Administrator, Clutha Development
027 913 7915

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Through Community days and local school’s involvement throughout the year, we can all get involved in planting and water exploration.

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