Water Quality Monitoring Programme
The Community Water Quality Monitoring Programme began in 2002 when a pilot programme, to identify the issues and opportunities associated with implementing such a programme, was undertaken in conjunction with Waterwatch (Lincoln University) and members of the Guardians of the Styx. Since the completion of that pilot, volunteer members of the community have regularly monitored water quality at a number of sites throughout the catchment.
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Water Quality Monitoring Programme Coordinators
Having moved to New Zealand from Germany, Julia greatly enjoys being involved with a local river care group. As a water quality volunteer coordinator she organizes monthly monitoring events with the community, a great opportunity for herself and everyone else to get their hands wet, learn, and appreciate the beautiful Styx river. With her passion for conservation and the environment, she hopes to utilize her Master of Science degree in environmental sciences to help care for the river and give back to the community.
Leo has a background in Agricultural Science and recently retired from Environment Canterbury after 35 years working in various regulatory and non-regulatory roles. Most recently he worked with individual land-owners farming adjacent to sensitive rivers and lakes to research reasons for decline in water quality and actions needed to address, both on and off-farm. He is currently a member of the North Canterbury Rural Support Trust and working with MPI to help build resilience in rural communities. Leo and is married to Julie and they live in Harewood, close to the top end of the Pūharakekenui.
To sign up for the upcoming monitoring session, please contact Julia and Leo at firstname.lastname@example.org
On the third Saturday of every month, community water quality monitors take water samples, measurements and write down observations about the water quality, vegetation, and wildlife.
You will be given instructions and paired up with with another volunteer. And it's rather rewarding to be part of looking after our waterways.
- Meet at Styx Living Laboratory Trust Lab at 130 Hussey Road, Harewood.
The laboratory is in the CCC Park Rangers compound, north of the Styx Conservation Park). Turn in the driveway, the lab is the dark building to the left.
- Third Saturday of each month commencing at 10 am. If weather is unsuitable, or the day is changed, the WQ Coordinator will contact all signed up volunteers.
Volunteers need to bring
- Sturdy outdoor clothing & footwear for muddy & wet conditions