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Catchment environmental monitoring report 2012/13

Report: TR 2013/22

Author: C Littler and N Berry

About this report

The Environmental Monitoring (CEM) Programme was developed to demonstrate the long term benefits of soil conservation. To date, monitoring has been established in selected priority catchments for soil conservation in the Waipa, Lower Waikato, Upper Waikato and Coromandel management zones.

The CEM programme allows the Waikato Regional Council to:

Demonstrate the long term benefits of soil conservation and river management work programmes.

Better utilise resources and leverage opportunities to co-ordinate monitoring internally and externally (e.g. within the Waikato Regional Council, NIWA and Landcare Research).

Integrate new monitoring requirements into existing regional monitoring networks.

Prior to the CEM programme soil conservation implementation relied on regional monitoring information being reinterpreted at a catchment scale. However, this information can often be misleading.

This report provides CEM programme results for the 2012/2013 year.

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1 Introduction
1.1 Background
1.2 Report content
1.3 Monitoring approach
1.4 Management zone boundaries
1.5 Monitoring information
2 Lower Waikato zone
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Matahuru catchment
2.2.1 Monitoring progress
2.2.2 Soil stability
2.2.3 Riparian characteristics
2.2.4 Water temperature
2.2.5 Photo points
2.2.6 Suspended sediment
2.2.7 Main points
3 Upper Waikato zone
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Pokaiwhenua catchment
3.2.1 Monitoring progress
3.2.2 Soil stability
3.2.3 Riparian characteristics
3.2.4 Water temperature
3.2.5 Photo prints
3.2.6 Stream ecological health
3.2.7 Main points
3.3 Managare Catchment
3.3.1 Monitoring progress
3.3.2 Riparian characteristics
3.3.3 Water characteristics
3.3.4 Photo prints
3.3.5 Stream ecological health
3.3.6 Main points
3.4 Tahunaatara catchment
3.4.1 Monitoring progress
3.4.2 Water temperature
3.4.3 Photo prints
3.4.4 Stream ecological health
3.4.5 Main points
4 Waipa zone
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Mangatutu catchment
4.2.1 Monitoring progress
4.2.2 Riparian characteristics
4.2.3 Water temperature
4.2.4 Photo prints
4.2.5 Suspended sediment
4.2.6 Stream ecological health
4.2.7 Main points
4.2.8 Other monitoring
5 Coromandel zone
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Wharekawa catchment
5.2.1 Monitoring progress
5.2.2 Riparian characteristics
5.2.3 Water temperature
5.2.4 Photo points
5.2.5 Suspended sediment
5.2.6 Stream ecological health
5.2.7 Main points
5.2.8 Other monitorings
6 References
  Appendix 1: Temperature results
  Appendix 2: Riparian characteristics summary
  Appendix 3: Macroinvertebrate Community Index (MCI)