Tools & Solutions
Ngā Taputapu me ngā Rongoā
Living Water wants better outcomes for the environment, the economy and New Zealanders – this means finding solutions for healthy freshwater ecosystems and sustainable dairying to thrive side by side.
We’re focused on trialling solutions that can be taken to scale and that will create real change - it’s why DOC and Fonterra are working together and is the purpose of our work. This includes physical tools that are designed to fulfil a particular action for freshwater improvement in the landscape, as well as approaches, processes, ways of working or system changes that move us towards more sustainable dairying and healthier freshwater ecosystems.
As we gather results, we’ll see which solutions can be scaled across catchments or regions, how that might be done (what support and capacity does the farming sector and communities need to get there), and how much it might cost.
Farm scale tools
Te hōkai ā-pāmu
Farming with Native Biodiversity
Making it easier to protect and enhance on-farm biodiversity
Lower Waituna Creek Transformation
A multi-phase restoration, wetland reconnection and water management project
Powell’s Road Waterway Enhancement
Trialling ways to improve the habitat of a roadside drain
Integrating forestry and farming
Helping landowners to put the right tree in the right place
Sediment traps are simple, low-cost excavations in a watercourse or near a waterbody that capture and reduce the downstream movement of gravel, sand, and silt.
Nitrogen and Phosphorous Filter Trials
Are nutrient filters a practical solution for farmers to reduce their impact on water quality?
Reducing contaminants and improving wetland habitat
Low cost wetlands
Creating wetlands in wet areas on-farm can provide biodiversity benefits while also reducing flooding, erosion, and improving water quality.
Spraying a mixture of water, seed, mulch and sometimes fertilisers onto the ground in difficult to reach places
Fine Particle Fertiliser Application Demonstration Project
Can nitrogen fertiliser use be reduced without compromising pasture growth?
Biodiversity Assessments on Farm
Engaging farmers with biodiversity on their farms
Farm Environment Plan App
Digitised up-to-date environmental action plans for farmers
Water Primrose (Ludwigia) Control
Reducing the biomass of invasive macrophyte Ludwigia by aerial spraying with drones, rather than hand weeding or excavation
Can we control an invasive weed with Brazilian beetles?
Catchment scale tools
Ngā taputapu hōkai ā-riu hopuwai
Measuring the economic and cultural value of lowland drainage restoration in Aotearoa New Zealand
Assessing the costs and benefits of restoring Aotearoa New Zealand’s lowland drainage network at a national scale.
Fish Passage Remediation Project
Breaking down barriers for our native freshwater fish
Large scale constructed wetland trial
Reducing contaminants reaching Waituna Lagoon
Integrating landscape properties and cutting-edge science to explain why water quality varies
Reducing Contaminants Using Peak Run Off Control Structures
Using simple structures to manage peak flows
Waituna Catchment Nutrient Reduction Project
Reduce the rate of sediment and nutrients originating from on-farm and off-farm activities
Real time water quality monitoring
Can continuous, accurate data that’s accessible to all parties involved in catchment management empower and inspire change?
Ararira-LII Catchment Water Network Redesign Project
Trialling a catchment wide approach to managing drains and waterways
Waituna Economic Evaluation
What can economic cost benefit analysis tell us about the value of environment improvement activities?
Testing the usefulness of taking an ecosystems services approach for project planning
Detention Bund Trial
Determining whether detention bunds can effectively manage peak run off and reduce sediment in Northland
Helping landowners to better understand where to put contaminant management interventions to improve water quality leaving farms
Catchment Condition Survey
An inexpensive way to gather baseline information, identify key ecological issues and prioritise areas and activities for effective catchment management
Catchment Action Prioritisation Tool (CAPTure)
A GIS-based tool to help community groups and landowers in smaller catchments to prioritise actions for freshwater improvement
Use of eDNA to detect species
Using a sample of water, soil or sediment can detect species much more easily than electrofishing or intensive trapping
Koi Carp Barrier at Lake Ruatuna
Preventing the spread of invasive pest fish
Ngā Taputapu ā-Pāpori
Māori Engagement and Collaboration
Our approach to working with mana whenua
Monitoring & Evaluation
A framework to guide the planning, monitoring and evaluation approach for Living Water
Waimā Waitai Waiora Partnership Project
Collaborative project incorporating sustainable land management practices and the principles of mātauranga Māori to reduce sediment into the Wairoa River
Establishing a partnership
Why was Living Water established? What were the challenges of establishing a partnership and what has been learned
Increasing wildlife habitat areas in a farming landscape
Working with landowners to acquire land for environmental outcomes
Incubate: Establishing a Community Trust
How to work together with differing views, backgrounds and goals for ecological restoration
Predator control strategy
Engaging the whole community to achieve outcomes for the environment
Taking a new approach to strategic planning