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Assessing water quantity limits in the Waihou catchment: A summary & recommendations

Report: TR 2016/27

Author: Dr Paul Franklin (Freshwater Ecology)

About this report

The Waikato Regional Council (WRC) is responsible for managing the status of water resources in the Waikato Region. As part of the scheduled review of water quantity limits in the Waihou catchment, WRC have initiated a range of investigations. The objectives of the studies carried out were to improve the understanding of the dependencies between instream values and flows in the catchment, and hence to inform ongoing management of water quantity in the catchment.

To support the review of water resource use limits in the Waihou catchment, a number of studies have been undertaken including analyses of instream physical habitat, flow variability, dissolved oxygen and flow dynamics. WRC have contracted NIWA to collate and summarise the results of these investigations with respect to the relevant policy and guidance documents in order to inform the limit setting process set out in Section 3.3.3 Policy 1 of the Regional Plan.

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Contents

  Executive summary
1 Intriduction
2 Policy context
3 Approaches to determining water quanity limit
4 Water quantity limits in the Waihou catchment
5 References