Integrated Catchment Management

Freshwater

Tadmor River

Tadmor River

Introduction

High quality freshwater is one of New Zealand’s most important natural assets and a resource that is at enormous risk. Good management of water resources requires a firm understanding of the effects of adjacent land management on water quantity and quality, the equitable allocation of water for out-of-stream and in-stream uses, and potential connections between freshwater and coastal ecosystems.

Information on the holistic management of water resources for large and complicated catchments, like the Motueka, is very limited. Rainfall, geology and land use varies across the catchment therefore information collected in one area is not necessarily applicable in another.

Particular concerns have been raised over the condition of the Motueka River catchment in the last few years. Annual surveys of brown trout over the last 6 years have consistently shown that the observed number of adult trout were about one third of the numbers seen in 1985. The reasons for this decline are unclear but could relate to changes in physical habitat suitability for adult trout in the main river, spawning success in the tributaries, and/or declines in food availability.

Water allocation from the catchment is also coming under increased scrutiny. Consequently, important decisions need to be made regarding the amount of water that can be abstracted from the river without having harmful effects on aquatic life in the river.

This research will provide information to enable informed decision-making on issues that will affect freshwater resource management at large scales.

Researchable Issues

Research Areas

,Motueka River dishcarging into Tasman Bay Conducting riparian river surveys

,Motueka River dishcarging into Tasman Bay

Conducting riparian river surveys


Publications (Selection)

Year Title File Size
2002 Structural and functional measurements indicate subtle changes in ecosystem health along a New Zealand river.  
2006 Multi–criteria calibration and validation of SWAT in a large mountainous catchment with high spatial variability. pdf       346KB
2004 Are low flows affected by vegetation change in the same way as annual yield? pdf       126KB
2002 Modelling land use change at the large catchment scale: the Motueka example. pdf       128KB
2000 Research for Integrated Catchment Management – Report to Landcare Research on the use of Research to Support Integrated Catchment Management in the Motueka River Catchment pdf       162KB
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Presentations (Selection)

Year Title File Size
2005 Integrative river science in New Zealand: ICM for the Motueka River.  
2005 Forests for soil & water conservation: what does the science say?  
2001 Economic value of water. pdf       70KB
2007 Sediment dynamics and biological impacts in the Motueka River, New Zealand. pdf       573KB
2011 Facilitating voluntary action to reduce rural land use impacts in the Motueka River catchment. pdf       26KB
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Primary Contacts:


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Environment Canterbury
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Hydrology & modelling, surface water resource management
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Landcare Research
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ICM programme management; local liaison; resource management; hydrology and water resource management
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Cawthron Institute
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Land/water interactions, water quality, fisheries, river health
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Page last updated Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Research areas

Cow crossings and water quality Dating groundwater Faecal bacteria in the Motueka River Fine sediment: bringing the geomorphology and biology together Flood gate design and management Gravel extraction Links between scientific and cultural indicators of river health Mechanisms of groundwater recharge Modelling water quantity and quality River bank styles River monitoring Sediment generation, delivery and impacts Sherry River Community Stream health – fish Stream health – invertebrates Stream health – productivity Thalweg Mapping: A measure of habitat quality Trout tracking Upper Motueka water resources Valuing water Water augmentation

Research Highlight

FRST research reviews School children go fishing Sherry River water quality improvement Stream health in the Motueka catchment Where do trout go?