The catchment where it all began with Uretara Estuary Managers Incorporated! The primary waterway is the Uretara River, and there are four named tributary streams: Boyd, McKinney, Quarry and Wharawhara, each quite significant in it’s own right. There are 171km of stream margins and 11 km of harbour margins. All of the Katikati urban area is in the Uretara catchment.
The founding UEM members identified several issues across the catchment, and step by step volunteers began work on a range of environmental projects including:
- Working with landowners to retire and plant stream banks to reduce erosion and siltation
- Protecting native birdlife around the estuary shoreline by baiting and trapping pests
- Planting the estuary margin to create habitat and food sources for native birds and other wildlife
- Propagating native plants for catchment and estuary margin revegetation
- Working with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to control mangroves spread across the estuary and into the salt marsh areas
- Managing the spread of invasive weeds in and around Katikati.