On the 6th April, Arthur Bowen carried out his bi-monthly water monitoring run throughout the catchment area. Water levels had been running low throughout April so despite the creeks running clear, in sunny places algae growth was quite strong and not very appealing. In the forest, we came across protected culverts and retaining structure (debris dams)-well done to Graham Douglas for all his hard work.
As we were driving past the White Pine Crossing, we saw a Kahikatea tree with berries on it so stopped to collect the seeds for Ngaire Pasma. Ngaire grows trees as a hobby and is delighted to help the group grow Kahikatea plants.
As we were driving along the first planting on Taharoa, we stopped to appreciate the rapid growth of plants. At the rapids, the algae growth was strong, water temperature was around 20 degrees and still warm. We also checked for any signs of White Bait spawning but didn’t see any activity.
Our March 2018 newsletter is now available with some exciting news, enjoy the reading by following the link : WhangawehiNewsletterMarch18
Hi all, here is the water monitoring data for our lower site in the catchment : Mamangu. This site is monitored every month and reflects overall what’s happening in the catchment. As you can see E Coli levels are very low : February2018
We are wrapped for Richard and Hanna Coops from Okepuha Station who have been nominated as a finalist for the East Coast section of the Ballance Farm Environmental awards. Last year the Coops committed to an extensive planting programme which involved retiring and fencing off large chunks of their land. Both of them have indicated that they are keen to undertake further environmental work in the near future. Winners will be announced at the Ballance Farm Environmental Awards at the Napier conference Centre on Wednesday 28th March 208. On behalf of the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group we wish them all the best at the ceremony.
The water monitoring data from January 2018 is available, click on the link : January2018
Sean Hogan from TVNZ came to Whangawehi to illustrate via a short video clip how small rural communities can address water quality issues. Enjoy the viewing and well done to you all.
Please find attached our latest water monitoring datasheet. Mamangu is located in the lower reaches of the Whangawehi and is the only site monitored on a monthly basis.
Our water monitoring programme has been upset this winter by a combination of heavy rain falls and a lot of Wind. Up to 190 km of Wind was recorded on Homestead and unfortunately a lot of windthrow occurred blocking site access. Graham Douglas did a fantastic work and reopened all the tracks for our pest control and water monitoring work, thank you for that.
This water monitoring site is incomplete as all the sites were not monitored at the same time due to access issues. This shouldn’t happen again as all tracks are cleared now.