Website developed for communities in southern Canterbury to learn more about freshwater watersheds
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The platform is designed for the community to engage and learn about freshwater in the Waitaki and Waimate watersheds.
An online platform is operational for the communities of Waimate and Waitaki to engage and learn about freshwater watersheds in their area.
The Know the website for your watershed, demonstrated recently at a Coastal Zone Committee meeting of Lower Waitaki South Coastal Canterbury, is managed by the Waitaki Irrigators Collective and includes water monitoring data with information on water quality, the irrigation, wetlands, recreation and the different ways in which freshwater promotes well-being.
The platform, previously an initiative of Irrigation New Zealand, also features water quality data and trends for groundwater and surface water in Waimate and Waitaki, links to river flows and lake levels, as well as information and stories about places of interest.
Platform designer and general manager of Morven Glenavy Ikawai Irrigation Company Craig Evans said the website is easy to access and displays more detailed information about a watershed compared to most other websites. .
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“The data on the platform will be updated monthly,” Evans said.
“It’s an idea that came to me a few years ago. Irrigation New Zealand had the funding to create the platform, and the Waitaki version of the platform was then transferred to the Waitaki Irrigators Collective.
“The platform will be updated monthly with information from Environment Canterbury, NIWA and Otago District Council. Land Air Water Aotearoa (LAWA) is also a good website, but the information on the website is not always up to date and the data is sometimes a year old.
Evans said the platform currently displays watershed information in the Waimate and Waitaki region, but the platform is available for anyone to develop for another region.
“The cost is covered. If anyone wants to use the platform to display information about the watersheds in their area, they can. “
Anyone wishing to develop the platform for their region can contact Irrigation New Zealand or Evans for more details.