Upper Clutha Lakes and Catchments Water Management Plan
In June 2018 the Upper Clutha Lakes Trust (formerly the Lake Wanaka Trust and Upper Clutha Water Group) secured funding from the Government’s Freshwater Improvement Fund (FIF), one of 34 projects nationally to improve freshwater management and the only project funded in the Otago region. The FIF fund focuses on water bodies in vulnerable catchments that are showing signs of stress, but which have not yet reached a tipping point.
The Upper Clutha community places a high value on the natural environment and access to the outdoors. Risks to rivers, streams, wetlands, aquifers and lakes in the Upper Clutha include: