Environment Southland

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 do we value about water?

Water is important to us for a range of different reasons. Identifying values provides us with an understanding of what's important to our community and needs to be protected or restored. Read more about what we value about water.

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. Read more about the current state of our water.

How can we make change?

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. Read about how we are making change.