The Council carries out and commissions many reports relating to fresh water, one of Taranaki's key natural resources.
Regional targets for swimmable rivers and lakes for the Taranaki region
This Novmeber 2018 report sets regional targets to improve the quality of fresh water in specified rivers and lakes and contribute to achieving the national target to increase proportions of specified rivers and lakes that are suitable for primary contact to at least 80% by 2030, and 90% no later than 2040.Regional targets for swimmable rivers and lakes for the Taranaki region (2.4 MB pdf) (single document only)
Analysis of stream responses to riparian management on the Taranaki ring plain
This study, commissioned by the Council and undertaken by NIWA, aimed to assess the relationships between the riparian fencing and planting undertaken in the Riparian Management Programme and stream health and recreational values in Taranaki streams. Overall, the findings of this study indicate that the programne has had beneficial effects on stream health and water quality for human health and recreation in the region.
Water & Soil plan review discussion papers & technical reports
Clearing the Water: The saving of Taranaki's most precious asset
This book examines surrounding fresh water management in Taranaki. Author Jim Tucker draws on his own experience of reporting on freshwater issues and extensive new interviews to highlight the contribution of many individuals and groups working to improve water quality in the region. The book also discusses the complicated, sometimes conflicted, interactions between farming, industry, politicians, regulators and the environment. Published by Puke Ariki with funding assistance from the Taranaki Regional Council (link opens book on Puke Ariki website).
Taranaki Irrigation Study 2012
Transforming Taranaki, a booklet published in November 2011, tells how farmers, with the encouragement of the Council and the dairy industry itself, are becoming better guardians of the environment by working to reduce the amount of diffuse-source pollution going into the region’s rivers and streams – the material that is washing off pastures and into waterways. The publication describes the Riparian Management Programme and its successes so far.
Aggradation in ring plain rivers & streams
This 2011 report looks at the condition of river channels on the Taranaki ring plain and discusses whether the Council needs to adjust its policies and practices to deal with any build-up of gravel in river channels resulting from erosion on Mt Taranaki.Aggradation in rivers & streams of the Taranaki ring plain (468 KB pdf) (single document only)
Small stream modification in Taranaki
This 2010 report assesses the ecological and hydrological values of small streams, the cumulative extent and ecological effects of modification, and implications for policy and practice.Small stream modification in Taranaki (2.4 MB pdf) (single document only)
A photographic guide to freshwater invertebrates of Taranaki rivers & streams
Invertebrates are a vital part of the freshwater ecosystem and can tell us a great deal about the state of a waterway's health. This Guide introduces all of the major invertebrate groups using microscope images, with a brief description of the habitat preferences of each group. It also explains how waterway health can be assessed by ranking the invertebrates found within it.A photographic guide to freshwater invertebrates of Taranaki's rivers and streams (3.2 MB pdf) (single document only)
Relationships between MCI, site altitude & distance from source for ring plain streams
The MCI (Macroinvertebrate Community Index) is the formalised method for using macroinvertebrate communities to assess waterway ecological health. This 2009 report, prepared by Stark Environmental Ltd for the Taranaki Regional Council, explores relationships between MCI and two environmental variables - site altitude and distance from source.Relationships between MCI, site altitude & distance from source for Taranaki ring plain streams (2.1 MB pdf) (single document only)