Freshwater research

University of Otago / Catchments Otago

The University of Otago is involved in a number of different research projects including studying lake snow. They are also involved in lakes 380, a five-year research project which aims to understand the environmental history of 380 lakes throughout New Zealand. This project is led by the Cawthron Institute and Geological and Nuclear Sciences.

National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research

Completing a research project on water monitoring and reporting is aimed at improving regional data collection for both rivers and lakes, and improving the application of that monitoring data in practical regional water management.

Land Information New Zealand

Working on a ten-year strategy for controlling lagarosiphon weed at Lake Wanaka – largest financial contributor to Lake Wanaka management at present.

Freshwater improvement

Urban run-off research led by Catchments Otago – Marc Schallenberg and Gerry Closs – will include funding for PhD research.  The projects are supported by ORC and funded by Ministry for the Environment, QLDC, Sargood Bequest and Million Metres.

Organisations involved

Otago Regional Council

Responsible for managing Otago’s land, air and water resources on behalf of the community. As well as looking after the environment, they take into account the people of Otago – their economic, cultural and social needs.

Queenstown Lakes District Council

Responsible for making decisions alongside and on behalf of the people living in the district including: community well-being and development, environmental health and safety, managing infrastructure, facilitating recreation and culture, resource management including land use planning and development control.

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