Arthur Bowen, our water monitoring coordinator, did our spring assessment as part of our water monitoring programme. Water quality looked pretty good but the main highlight was the observation of large numbers of birds in the retired areas. Fish numbers are also on the increase especially White Baits and Eels. Mud snails and cockles were sampled in the estuary and sent to Hills Laboratory to be tested for heavy metals and hydrocarbons. Both planting sites on Grandy Lake/Taharoa and Pongaroa are looking magnificent which is quite encouraging.