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Waitara River @ town wharf, Waitara

The survey site is situated in the lower tidal reaches of this large river, around 2km upstream of the river mouth. There are consented treated waste discharges from dairy ponds in the catchment upstream of the site, particularly in the Manganui River sub catchment. 

This site is used for swimming, whitebaiting (in season), fishing, walking and boating.  

For all sites, the Council advises:

Avoid for three days after heavy rain, if the river is high, or if you cannot see the bottom clearly.

 

There are consented dairy ponds treated wastes discharges in the catchment upstream of the site, particularly in the Manganui River sub catchment.

Summer recreational surveys for both 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 showed that 92% of samples met the freshwater microbiological water quality guidelines prepared by the Ministry of Environment in conjunction with the Ministry of Health (MfE, 2003)  and did not exceed the ‘Action’ level (>550 E.coli cfu/100mls). 

The State of the Environment technical report showing the freshwater recreational monitoring results for 2017-2018 is available at www.trc.govt.nz/environmental-monitoring-technical-reports/

 

 

 

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