Environment Southland

Water Story

Haere mai and welcome to our new and evolving Water Story. This is a place where you can learn more about how our fresh waterways are doing and what some of the key stresses on them are. We’ll also be sharing and profiling some of the great things that are going on across the region in an effort to help maintain and improve them. We hope you’ll come on this journey with us.

What does WATER give to you?

Water is central to our economic, social, environmental and cultural wellbeing; it supports people, plants and wildlife. Water gives us enjoyment and a connection to place; it contributes to the overall wellbeing of our communities. Water is vital to life.

What affects our WATER?

Ki uta ki tai, from the mountains to the sea – there is a connectedness to our environment. Our actions in one part of the system can have impacts and flow-on effects in another. Water moves through the landscape, across, above and below, interacting with land, air and us. Every part of its journey shapes it, as it does with us.

What's the current state of our WATER?

Southland's water quality is a mixed bag. The way we use the land differs across Southland so the impacts on our freshwater, whether positive or negative, are often specific to a catchment. We monitor at 60 sites in 49 rivers and streams in Southland to get an indication of the overall health. Take a look into how Southland's freshwater is faring.

What will you give to WATER?

There are many things that we can do to sustainably manage and improve our freshwater ways, from planting alongside rivers and streams to checking what's going down our stormwater drains. We all have a part to play. What can you give back?

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