The Council carries out and commissions many reports relating to fresh water, one of Taranaki's key natural resources.
Water & Soil plan review discussion papers & technical reports
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 (single document only)
Small stream modification in Taranaki
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 (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 (single document only)