Estuaries support a diverse range of life; birds, shellfish, fish, and invertebrates, with many species using estuaries for part, or all of their life cycle.
Groundwater provides an important source of drinking water for people and livestock in Southland.
We monitor indicators of water quality in several of Southland's lakes.
Low water levels
Over the summer of 2017/18, many areas in Southland experienced low water levels.
Rivers & streams
Rivers, lakes and streams are important resources in Southland and are highly valued by people for many reasons.
Southland Science Programme
We have many years of monitoring data and research information to help us answer some big questions.