Water Monitoring is an essential part of catchment management. It gives you a starting point, helps you to plan, and continued monitoring can show you what improvements have been made.
Here are some great questions to ask yourself before you begin monitoring:
– What are the water quality issues?
– What are the best methods to deal with these issues?
– What are the goals? Are they measurable?
– How do we set up a monitoring program to measure the success?
– Will the monitoring methods provide adequate feedback to make management decisions?
SHMAK kits or Stream Health Monitoring and Assessment Kits help to measure the health and wellbeing of your waterways.
These are produced by NIWA and the contents are outlined here: https://niwa.co.nz/freshwater/management-tools/water-quality-tools/stream-health-monitoring-and-assessment-kit
For information on costs and purchasing contact firstname.lastname@example.org
It would also pay to contact your regional council in case they have a kit available for loan.
This video outlines the contents of a SHAMK kit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kul8pgnty_0
This is an amusing video on water testing by the brilliant young minds at Te Aho Tu Roa (The Maori arm of Enviroschools): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je4ndimZaCU
NZLT How to take a water sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB7XY3wD1-E
PDF – WETMAK Kit 2014
PDF – Water Sampling Factsheet
PDF – Water Quality Terms