Integrated Catchment Management

Integrated Catchment Management for the Motueka River

"From ridge tops to the sea"

Welcome to the ICM Motueka Research Programme web site. Its purpose is to provide information resources relevant to project participants and to the stakeholders of the Motueka River catchment. The site is a collaborative venture between a number of organisations.

It was an 11 year programme which commenced in July 2000 and concluded in September 2011, and whose goal was to conduct multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder research to provide information and knowledge that will improve the management of land, freshwater, and near-coastal environments in catchments with multiple, interacting, and potentially conflicting land uses.

The site will continue to contain items relevant to ICM but is now largely a legacy site.

The Motueka River catchment is a Global HELP Catchment.

 

Research highlights - Native plant roots

The work on native plant roots has provided a unique and significant database for New Zealand. While the primary aim was to gather information to assist recommending plants for erosion control, the data has found its way into uses such as in calculating the carbon accounts for the country. The development of future guidelines and links to the work still being carried out on bank styles will provide a useful way of bringing a number of things together.

Following considerable public interest in the results from the first trial on riparian plant colonisers and their root systmes, a second trial was established in which the growth performance of a further selection of native specie...
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Excavating plant roots with a supersonic air lance
Excavating plant roots with a supersonic air lance

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