Monitoring background and interpretation
Auckland Council’s State of the Environment (SoE) monitoring programme has been building a record of Auckland’s environment for more than 25 years. This information is critical to the effective management of Auckland’s natural environment, after all, you
can’t manage what you don’t monitor.
The monitoring programme shows there is a strong relationship between the health of rivers and the type of land cover in the surrounding catchment. Rivers that drain through forested catchments (particularly native forests) typically have excellent water quality and ecology, while rivers that drain from urban catchments typically have poor water quality and ecology.
The Wairoa area is predominantly pastoral, but large forested areas still remain. As a result, the health of the area’s rivers is considered to be good. Rivers in this area tend to have riparian margins with some trees and bush, which provide shade, leaf litter and woody debris to the stream and anchor the stream banks. The debris enhances the quality of habitat for flora and fauna, although some of the original riparian vegetation has been removed to allow more intensive land use. The low level of urban development means there is little channel modification or pollution from discharges or stormwater, although there may be diffuse sources of contaminants from the pastoral land use and physical damage from stock access.
Wai Care Franklin
Wai Care is a water quality education, monitoring and action programme managed by Auckland Council, for schools and community groups in the Auckland region.
The programme aims to educate people about freshwater issues and encourage and facilitate action in the local community, from water quality monitoring to streamside planting and litter clean-ups.
The following table shows achievements of the Wai Care Programme in Franklin during the 2013/2014 financial year.
In October 2013, a new Wai Care Coordinator was employed to cover the Franklin area. In May 2014, a community networking event was held in Pukekohe to introduce the local community to the programme and showcase the work of existing community groups working to improve waterways in the region. Franklin is a predicted area of growth for the Wai Care Programme going into 2014/15.
For more information on Wai Care, or to view site data for your area, go to www.waicare.org.nz or call 09 301 0101 and ask for Wai Care.