Why NIWA would love to know about your ri­par­ian plant­ings

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Our Water -

A new re­search pro­gramme is gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion on as many fenced or planted ri­par­ian buf­fers as pos­si­ble from across New Zealand. The re­searchers will se­lect about 50 of these buf­fers that dif­fer in size, age, lo­ca­tion etc, and mon­i­tor a range of wa­ter qual­ity and stream life in­di­ca­tors for a year. Where pos­si­ble, they will train lo­cal peo­ple as ‘ci­ti­zen sci­en­tists’ to col­lect the sam­ples and data us­ing a Stream Health Mon­i­tor­ing and As­sess­ment Kit (SHMAK).

If you have fenced or planted stream banks on your prop­erty, or know of a ri­par­ian buf­fer, please let us know by en­ter­ing the de­tails on our web­site http://ri­par­ian.niwa.co.nz

This will help us to bet­ter un­der­stand the pro­cesses of eco­log­i­cal re­cov­ery in re­stored streams and make fu­ture ri­par­ian restora­tion ef­forts more ef­fec­tive.

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