Ecological Assessments of Spring-fed Streams on the Wairau Plain

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Ecological Assessments of Spring-fed Streams on the Wairau Plain

Ecological Assessments of Spring-fed Streams on the Wairau Plain

Cawthron Report No. 737 June 2002

The freshwater springs of the Wairau Plain constitute an important aesthetic and cultural resource for the local community.

However, apart from some recent work on the ecology of Spring Creek, the habitat value and ecology of these springs is not well known.

Due to their connection with the underlying Wairau Aquifer, spring flows are remarkably constant although droughts and floods do have a short-term influence.

This report is the first step in deriving an ecological assessment of the Wairau Plain springs.