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Maitai River

The Maitai River is the largest in the Nelson Region with a catchment of over 9,000 ha. The river rises in the Bryant Range behind Nelson City and the upper catchment has two branches draining conservation and water supply protection land. The North Branch is dammed just upstream of the confluence with the South Branch to form the main Nelson water supply storage reservoir. 

The mid catchment below the confluence of the headwater branches is mainly in production forest and the main valley bottom is mostly reserve with some limited areas of farming. The lower catchment runs through the heart of Nelson City and is affected by urban uses and drainage.

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Monitored sites in the Maitai River catchment

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