We can’t wait to put this guidance into practice while we continue our work transforming agricultural drains into healthy waterways! Great work by all of the experts involved, and by the Department of Conservation and Eugenie Sage MP www.livingwater.net.nz https://www.facebook.com/EugenieSageMP/posts/2031029253592116
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Million Metres is in Canterbury! Find out about their latest crowd fund project to restore a section of Silverstream - close to our Living Water and CAREX restoration trial sites. Could this be the beginning of a community movement to restore the Selwyn River?
We're on the right track: over the past 10 years, more NZ river sites have improved water quality than deteriorated! 💧 (according to a new report on water quality trends from LAWA). “This is a sign that positive actions by central and local Government, landowners, businesses, iwi, and communities are making a difference.”
It’s a jungle out there – our Living Water team wading through Okatairangi wetland as part of monitoring. Because of the dense sub-canopy, it can take up to an hour to move 1km. Read about our projects to improve freshwater ecosystems in Northland here https://www.livingwater.net.nz/catchment/wairua-river/
Fingers crossed our godwits can be provided a meal as they make their epic flight from New Zealand to Alaska via China - where food for them is running very low. Pūkorokoro-Miranda is a New Zealand feeding ground for godwit. Living Water is working with others to protect and expand this habitat, reducing sediment and connecting on-farm biodiversity. https://www.livingwater.net.nz/catchment/pukorokoro-miranda/
Why would you put your sediment traps in a snake pattern? Watch our video of our trial in the Waikato peat lakes to learn about how sediment traps work. ...and read more about it here https://www.livingwater.net.nz/catchment/lakes-areare-ruatuna-rotomanuka/sediment-traps-trial/
We’re 5 years into our 10 year partnership - bit of a milestone! We’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far and couldn’t have done without our farmers, iwi and partner organisations - thanks to all of you! Looking forward to the pay offs in the future for freshwater ecosystems in New Zealand.
“Young people are 25% of the population, but 100% of the future”. WOW! The students from the Puhoro STEM Academy just delivered an inspiring presentation at Our Land and Water symposium. The future is bright. #OLW2018
Perfectly illustrated - this 30 sec video really sums up why we add boulders and logs to modified streams, which is what we're doing in our sites in Canterbury and Southland. Thanks to Greg Burrell from Instream Consulting Ltd
217 million per year to clean up our waterways! Living Water is working on solutions that will actually deliver this change – hopefully for less $$ too
Attention all farmers and growers: take a look at this video. Living Water is excited to see the beginnings of a biodiversity tool that we have been supporting Landcare Research to develop. Next they will work with consultants The AgriBusiness Group to translate it into actions, ready for a first round of testing in June!
Spotless crake is one of our very special native wetland birds whose habitat Living Water is helping to enhance. Here is Rose from DOC with a wee crake called “tx81” – soon to have a more suitable name gifted by Ngati Apakura 😊
It's amazing how efficient forestry crews are! A few days ago at Waituna Creek we needed to get our coir (coconut fibre) matting and our plants down quickly with the approaching bad weather - so we hired a forestry crew for a couple of days to get it done. Look at the awesome result! Read more at https://www.livingwater.net.nz/catchment/waituna-lagoon/lower-waituna-creek-transformation-project/
Today is World Water Day! Water is precious to New Zealanders, and the Department of Conservation and Fonterra both recognise New Zealand’s success depends on healthy waterways. Living Water is charged with finding solutions for sustainable agriculture and clean waterways in New Zealand. With a total catchment area of 100,000ha and working with 227 farms, we’re experimenting with scalable and game-changing ideas to turn our freshwater around. Read about our projects on our website.
Living Water is really excited about this work by DairyNZ and NIWA New Zealand – something we can help to deliver through the five catchments we are working in around New Zealand.
"We're transforming – and I use that word cautiously because it sounds a bit radical – but transforming the water network into a healthy freshwater ecosystem in a productive agriculture landscape," We're sharing what works and what doesn't - read about Living Water's work in NZFarmer with CAREX Selwyn District Council DairyNZ