The Maitai River took out the Award for the most improved river in Nelson and was the second most improved river nationally at last night’s NZ River Awards in Wellington.
The Awards, organised by the NZ Rivers Trust and Morgan Foundation, were determined, this year, by the monitored trend improvement in the macroinvertebrate community index (MCI).
Based on the monitoring data collected at Groom Road, midway between the reservoir and the city, the Maitai experienced a 2.9%pa improvement trend in MCI.
Nelson City Council says the improvement is a result of riparian planting, reduced levels and improved management of exotic forest harvesting and reservoir management changes.
Community group Friends of the Maitai have worked alongside council’s Project Maitai – a four year project with funding of $400k pa to improve river health over the medium to long term.
Council says the impact of actions to date may be small but the prospects for further improvement in river health are good and they are pleased with the NZ River Award.