Local government collaboration
Poor water quality is not only bad for the environment, it can also put our health at risk.
Environment Southland’s Human Health Project (external link) aims to build a better understanding of the effects of poor water quality on human health.
Amongst a range of issues it will consider the inputs of land management and how to mitigate them, how water passes through the landscape and what the effects of land based contaminants are on water bodies.
The research is aimed at providing useful information to Southlanders, policy makers, land managers and councillors, and will inform the Water and Land 2020 & Beyond project.
ESR has worked in conjunction with Environment Southland (ES) on a long-term collaborative process to produce some substantial progress and understanding for Southland and microbiological science in NZ.
Some of the key questions being looked at include:
- How does land use affect our water and ecosystems?
- How does water move through our soils, rivers and groundwater?
- How does this water movement transport contaminants and in what quantities?
- How do our ecosystems respond to these contaminants?
Environment Southland’s Freshwater and Marine Science Leader Nick Ward says the collaborative work they are doing with ESR is taking the science to another level.
“The benefits for us have been considerable, with ESR bringing substantial professionalism, experience and skills to the work,” Nick says.