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Thanks for your interest in restoring the lifeblood to our waterways. Our website is in development but we’d love it if you come back once we’re live. Scroll down to register and we’ll let you know when our stream restoration projects are open for funding.
Scroll down to join us in our fight for the life of our streams.
The Million Metres Streams Project is a non-profit project set up to restore the health of New Zealand waterways, metre by metre, stream by stream. Our aim is to reach a million metres, and we need your help.
Sadly, 44% of our monitored lakes are so polluted they are beyond eutrophic (aquatic algal blooms have depleted the oxygen in the water so virtually nothing can survive). 62% of our lowland rivers are so polluted with pathogens we can't safely swim in them. What’s worse, 74% of our freshwater fish species are now classified as ‘threatened’. For those of us who take pride in our clean, green image this is devastating. One way we can help right now is plant the banks of our waterways (riparian planting). All freshwater scientists agree that riparian planting is vital to the health of our freshwater ecosystems. Plants filter toxic runoff, prevent sediment washing into water, and cool the water by shading it, so aquatic creatures can survive.
The money you invest in a Million Metres Streams project helps fund the trees being planted by community groups alongside waterways across New Zealand.