The Issue:

Clean water is essential to life. We need it to drink, to grow food, to bathe, to grow crops. All life needs it.

But the demands on water are growing greater, and environmental stresses are degrading water quality. How do we ensure there is enough fresh, clean water to meet the needs of society and nature? What must we change, and what can we do better?

What we're doing

Real-time nitrate monitoring

The 672ha Wainono Dairy Farm is near Fairlie, Canterbury, bordering the Opihi River. It is in a high nitrogen concentration area, and must understand its nitrogen footprint.

With the help of the Our Land and Water Rural Professionals Fund and primary sector consultancy The AgriBusiness Group, Wainono has been evaluating real-time water-quality monitoring, using Lincoln Agritech’s HydroMetrics nitrate sensors.

Understanding how braided rivers work

New Zealand’s braided rivers dominate our eastern coasts. But how do they affect the amount of water in our aquifers, which is available for human activity and nature?

Until recently, no one knew how braided rivers worked beneath the surface and interacted with regional aquifers. But through significant advances in how we use technology, we are finding answers.