Collaborating with local government on water quality

Poor water quality is not only bad for the environment, it can also put our health at risk.

ESR and Environment Southland are partners in a long-term collaborative project to build a better understanding of the effects of poor water quality on human health. 

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

The research is aimed at providing useful information to Southland, policy makers, land managers and councillors, and will inform the Water and Land 2020 & Beyond project.

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.

Read more about Environment Southland's Water and Land 2020 & Beyond(external link) project.