Project Details Ngā taipitopito
In Aotearoa we care for the health of our rivers, lakes and wetlands, which is why we adopt land management actions that help improve water quality.
However, some of our waterways are not in good shape. Over the last decade, we planted trees, fenced riverbanks and changed grazing and fertiliser management practices to improve the situation – but we are not consistently recording what has been done to enhance waterway health.
To find out which actions work best, we need to start recording land management actions and link them to water quality outcomes.
This research programme has developed the Healthy Waterways register, a free online tool to record efforts to improve water quality within each rural catchment. The register will give people all over New Zealand greater awareness of the efforts underway to improve our fresh water, and a clearer picture of how far we have come.
Our goal is to give landowners confidence to invest in the most efficient actions, accelerating investment in catchment improvements.