The Horizons Region and the Oroua River were in the national spotlight last night, receiving a 2014 New Zealand River Award for the second most improved river in the country.
The Oroua River is a major tributary of the Manawatu River and one of the catchments which sits under the Manawatu River Leaders’ Accord. The award received was in respect to improvements in phosphorus measurements with an average trend improvement of 19.5% per year achieved over a ten year period.
“As a community we can be very proud of this accomplishment as it signifies the collaborative efforts by land owners, consent holders and Horizons staff to improve the health of our waterways,” said Horizons chairman Bruce Gordon,
“Programmes such as the Sustainable Land Use Initiative (SLUI), the implementation of the One Plan and of course the work undertaken as part of the Manawatu River Leaders’ Accord have all had a positive effect.”
Horizons freshwater & science manager, Dr Jon Roygard attributes a number of factors to the river’s improvement.
“Investment in upgrading of the waste-water treatment plants at Feilding and Kimbolton hashad a positive effect on the trend decline in phosphorus, along with soil conservation work under the SLUI programme, high levels of dairy compliance, the removal of dairy effluent discharges from the river as well as increased levels of riparian fencing and planting by landowners ” he said.
The awards were judged on data drawn from the Land, Air, Water, Aotearoa (LAWA) website with the top three waterways receiving national awards. The most improved river in each region also received regional awards.
Further information on the Oroua’s freshwater data, along with other waterways in our region can be found on www.lawa.org.nz.