Report: TR 2014/51
Author: Paul Franklin, Glenys Croker, Rimu Wharakura, Kathryn Reeve and Josh Smith (NIWA)
The Waikato Regional Council (WRC) is responsible for managing the status of water resources in the Waikato region. WRC have initiated investigations in the Waihou and Piako catchments to support and inform the scheduled water allocation review process in these catchments. One of the key objectives of the water allocation process is to safeguard the life-supporting capacity of freshwater ecosystems.
The scope of this study was to undertake monitoring of fish, macroinvertebrates, macrophytes and periphyton at ten sites across the Waihou and Piako catchments. Five sites were to be surveyed in each catchment. The aim was to build on and consolidate the previous ecological monitoring studies in the catchments by adding to the time series of data for these sites.