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Waterway Technical Notes

A comprenhensive guide to practical approaches to waterway management

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DairyNZ

Bioreactor Trail: Reducing Nitrates

This is an ongoing project which aims to reduce in drain nitrate concentrations using a wood chip bioreactor. Go to this website to get updates on the project and their findings

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Living Water

Nitrogen and Phosphorus Filter Trials

Two filters were installed near the Waituna Lagoon in 2016 and were monitored for 3 years. This website explains how the trial was conducted, the potential of filters as a mitigation and the practicality of including this mitigation on farm

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Living Water

In stream sediment traps

This is an ongoing project which aims to capure sediment in lowland streams. Go to this website to get updates on the project and their findings

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Living Water

Community Based Freshwater Monitoring

Community-based freshwater monitoring engages both landowners and the public in freshwater monitoring. It is a powerful tool, linking communities with decision-makers and developing a partnership for sustainable freshwater management.

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Introduction to freshwater quality

Video - This introductory module will help you understand:

  • The key elements of the B+LNZ Environment Strategy.
  • Key elements of freshwater and issues.
  • Freshwater monitoring and stream health indicators.
  • Where you can go to take further action and find support.

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Water Quality and Limits

This is an explanation of how water quality is measured and what the results mean. Water quality is a description of the condition of the water. It includes measurements, using proven scientific methods, of physical, chemical and biological parameters.

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DairyNZ

Southland's Water Story

A specialised website looking at what Southlanders value about water, the current state of water in Southland and how we can make change

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Environment Southland

What's in our waterways?

Understanding what's in our waterways, the contaminants and where they come from is an important part of taking action to stop them impacting on our environment.

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Environment Southland

Environment Southland: Groundwater information

This site contains information to help readers understand how groundwater moves through the region. A summary of Environment Southland's water monitoring data taken from groundwater quality stations within Southland. On this site there are links to a large number of reports, data and resources.

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Environment Southland

Environment Southland: Lakes

Environment Southland has a huge amount of information and research related to the Southland estuaries. Visit this page to read more on these areas and the research that has been completed. The webpage has a number of links to research papers, resources and presentations.

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Environment Southland

Estuaries

Environment Southland has a huge amount of information and research related to the Southland estuaries. Visit this page to read more on these areas and the research that has been completed. The webpage has a number of links to research papers, resources and presentations.

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Environment Southland

Environment Southland River Values and Outcomes interactive map

Environment Southland has completed an assessment of current environmental state of waterways in Southland. This is compared to the environmental outcome that Environment Southland are aiming to achieve in order to provide for a healthy and resilient waterway.

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Environment Southland

Drystock farm menu - Practices to improve Water quality

This menu provides a range of practices for drystock farms, mainly hill country sheep, beef and deer, to improve nutrient management and reduce impacts on water quality. It is designed to help identify the best options for your individual circumstances.

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Industry bodies

Industry Agreed Good Management Practices relating to water quality

These industry-agreed good management practices relating to water quality were developed from the Canterbury Matrix of Good Management project and were first published in April 2015. While intended for use in Canterbury, they were developed to be applicable across all regions in New Zealand.

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Industry bodies

LandscapeDNA interactive maps

This interactive map allows users to identify the physiographic zone they are farming in and the key contaminant pathways in that phsyiographic zone.

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LandscapeDNA

Living Water - Whakamana Te Waituna project

Whakamana Te Waituna is a five-year, multi-partner project aimed at improving the health of Waituna Lagoon in Southland. This website gives updates on how the project is progressing. 

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Living Water

Stream Health Monitoring and Assessment Kit (SHMAK kit)

How healthy is your stream? SHMAK - the New Zealand Stream Health Monitoring and Assessment Kit - has been designed to help you find out. This website explains what the kit tests for and includes an order form for anyone interested in monitoring the water quality on their property.

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NIWA

Mitigating E. coli losses

In December 2019 we held a Masterclass on E. coli where we invited speakers to come and share their knowledge of E coli and mitigation strategies. With the help of Beef + Lamb NZ, we recorded and NZ Landcare Trust transcribed some of the talks.

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NZ Landcare Trust

Water Monitoring

Water Monitoring - it is an essential part to catchment management. It gives you a starting point, helps you to plan, and continued monitoring can show you what improvements have been made. This page gives insight into options for monitoring water in your catchment

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NZ Landcare Trust

Nutrient Management on your dairy farm

A farmer’s guide to understanding how nitrogen and phosphorus enter, cycle through and leave your dairy farm

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DairyNZ

Identifying Contaminants

There are many options available to improve the health of our waterways. This page will help you understand the actions you can take.

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DairyNZ

Wai Tuwhera o te Taiao – Open Waters Aotearoa | EPA

Wai Tuwhera o te Taiao is a community science programme run by the Environmental Protection Authority. We provide environmental DNA testing kits and resources to community groups, iwi, hapū, schools and kura. This year we received Unlocking Curious Minds funding which enables us to offer up to 1000 eDNA kits to participants to support them to restore, monitor, and explore their waterways.

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Environmental Protection Authority

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