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Published: 2007-01-30 00:00:00

Environment Waikato still has money available to help farmers in the Mangakino, Reporoa and Broadlands areas fence their streams off from stock.

The money is part of the council’s Clean Streams fund – a fund set up in 2002 to help farmers manage their waterway margins.

“Many farmers think this fund is always over subscribed, so they don’t bother applying for it. But to date we’ve only allocated about half the funding that’s available for these three areas this financial year,” said Environment Waikato land management officer Jon Palmer.

“This means farmers wanting to carry out this type of work have a good chance of receiving funding to cover up to 35 per cent of their costs.”

Fencing and planting waterway margins doesn’t just lead to improvements in water quality. Other benefits include fewer stock losses from drowning and bogging, reduced build-up of sediment meaning lower drain maintenance costs, and less trampling and erosion damage.

All farmers in the Mangakino, Reporoa and Broadlands areas should have received a postcard informing them that money is still available for this type of work. If you haven’t, and would like to apply for funding, you should call Environment Waikato on 0800 800 401.