Good river management for flood protection

The Northland Regional Council Rivers and Natural Hazards team has the role of maintaining the scheme assets and planning and implementing new works. When carrying out this work, consideration is given to river and stream systems as a whole, providing a co-ordinated approach to what happens on the ground.

This includes proactive management of rivers and hazards, working with landowners, agencies and interested parties and the enhancement of our environment.

Aspects of good river management include:

  • maintaining vegetation
  • clearing obstructions and preventing plants and other objects, such as logs, from blocking waterways
  • gravel management in some areas
  • erosion control
  • pest control

River management benefits

Rivers hold cultural, recreational and aesthetic value. They are a source of water and are home to a variety of aquatic animals and plants. By managing rivers and streams we help protect our environment, by improving the habitat for native plants and native species, i.e. whitebait, eel and native fish.

Good river management practice can help protect your land from damage from floods, erosion and sedimentation, which also improves water quality.

Good river management also improves recreational opportunities, swimming and habitat for aquatic plants and animals.

Good river management

Working together

By working together, Northland Regional Council and landowners can ensure all responsibilities are met and our rivers are healthy and well managed.

Northland Regional Council is responsible for the overall river and catchment management in the Northland region. We can:

  • Remove major blockages and obstructions which are beyond normal landowner maintenance. Contact our Rivers team: [email protected] 
  • Provide advice and information on gravel management - Gravel Management in our Rivers - brochure (290KB)
  • Provide advice and information on erosion control along waterways
  • Landowners are responsible for normal maintenance of rivers and streams on and around their property.

You can help look after the health of our rivers by:

  • managing stock to keep them out of rivers and other waterways - Fencing stock out of waterways information
  • planting vegetation to protect and stabilise river banks
  • maintaining vegetation to prevent waterway obstruction
  • managing animal and plant pests
Gravel build up in river.

A gravel bar and island are both restricting flow and worsening erosion at this spot on the Waitangi River.