Report: TR 2015/12
Author: Claire Littler
The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) requires that regional councils sustainably manage geothermal resources. Geothermal surface features are an important part of the geothermal resource and some cases are outstanding natural features to be protected from inappropriate use and development (RMA s6(b)). Throughout the region, most geothermal features and ecosystems are adversely affected to a greater or lesser degree by geothermal resource use or uses of land and water. Section 35(1) and (2a) of the RMA require the regional council to gather information and undertake or commission research to monitor the state of the environment as necessary to carry out its functions. Waikato Regional Council monitors the natural state of the geothermal resource and assesses what changes of state have occurred or are occurring.
This report describes the results of the quarterly monitoring schedule for the 2014 to 2015 year on the state of geothermal features throughout the region.
Uses of the quarterly and annual monitoring reports include:
Remediation work has been completed at Tahunaatapu pool, Whangairorohea. The pool appears to have stabilised.
No major hydrothermal eruptions or other major changes of either natural or human-induced origin were observed in the months April 2014 to January 2015.
|2.1||Pools in stream through the Golden Springs Motel||2|
|2.2||Pools across the road from the Golden Springs Motel||3|
|3.1||Hydrothermal Eruption Crater||5|
|4.1||Orakei Korako Springs||13|
|7.1||Lake Taupo Shore||57|
|8.1||Mud Geyser and associated pools||67|
|8.2||Mud Pools (Tomos) on west of Te Kopia Road||70|
|9.1||Waikite Swimming Pool area||73|
|9.2||DOC Reserve on Landcorp Farm||77|
|10.2||Knox Geyser area||98|
|10.3||Waiotapu Loop Road Pools||105|
|10.4||Kerosene Creek Area||106|