In recent years there has been a significant increase in the volume
of water allocated for consumptive use in the Mataura catchment,
primarily associated with the expansion of pasture irrigation. During
this period significant changes have also occurred in terms of land use
and land use intensity.
Combined, these factors have increased pressure on the overall quality and quantity of water resources in the catchment.
Mataura Catchment Strategic Water Study was initiated by Environment
Southland to identify potential options for future water resource
management which could potentially provide for future water demand while
enhancing the social, cultural and environmental values associated with
the Mataura River.
Download the Mataura Catchment Strategic Water Study.