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Awatere River

The Awatere river has a catchment area of 172 km2. Tributaries include the Kopuapounamu and the Tauraungakautuka rivers. More than half the catchment is in either indigenous or exotic forest cover.


Several operators extract shingle for roading from the Awatere and its tributaries.

Native fish species are found in good numbers and native fish have been assessed as bieing of national significance by a River Values Assessment project (RIVAS).

Water quality in the Awatere has been monitored since 2003 with some, less reliable information available for the period from 1973-1983.

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Monitored sites in the Awatere River catchment

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