As Horizons Regional Council staff and volunteers celebrated World Rivers Day across the region, regional councils have been releasing their latest state and trend river data on the Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) website.
Farmers in and around the Manawatu are doing their bit for water quality aided by funding from the Manawatu River Leaders' Accord. Dave Stewart is one of these farmers. Check out his vid.
Landowner Christine Mitchell spent time completing environmental papers and working in the Freshwater Ecology Department at Massey University. This taught her about the rapid decline in native fish populations and the need to restore their habitats. As a result she and husband Bruce have fenced and planted wetland areas, a bush remnant and streams on their farm.
There's been a quiet transformation taking place along the river's edge in Palmerston North. As stop banks have been improved, so too has the walkway, signage and access; opening the door for cyclists, walkers and joggers to enjoy the river's beauty.