There are many things that play a part in making up Southland's water story. It might seem that it rains, the rivers fill up, the water runs out to sea, but there is much more to it than this. Our climate, temperature, storms, snow-melt, water abstractions and discharges, and different land uses all affect our water quality and quantity. This in turn affects the life in our waterways, our ability to take food from them, swim in them, and enjoy them as those before us have.
While we couldn't fit everything that affects our waterways on one infographic, they are a good way to introduce some monitoring information to spark your interest, and give you the opportunity to look deeper. You can look up each of these things below for an explanation of what they mean and how we got these numbers.
at marine shellfish sites
insects, worms and snails (macroinvertebrates)
Nitrogen in rivers
Phosphorus in rivers
Nitrogen in groundwater
Swimmable rivers (E.coli)
Swimmable rivers (Toxic algae)
In addition, we have created catchment specific infographics to provide you with our monitoring results for each of our main river catchments. Check out the information sources to the Waiau, Aparima, Oreti, Mataura infographics.