Some of you will have been involved in riparian planting along your coastlines. NIWA is doing a survey to find out what, where, how and how effective those plantings have been. They ask groups to help and will set out the results in a new database. Read NIWA’s request here:
Many hundreds of Kiwis have invested time and energy into restoring New Zealand streams by riparian fencing or planting.
NIWA has begun a project to understand more about the investment Kiwis have made so we can help build better support for riparian restoration in future. We also want to learn more about how stream ecosystems recover after riparian restoration so we can give better guidance on how to design restoration projects so they give the best results for water quality and aquatic animal communities.
To do this we have created the National Riparian Restoration Database (NRRD). We hope this database will become the main source of information on what riparian restoration work has been done around New Zealand. We will use it to develop our research on stream restoration processes, which will involve volunteer “citizen scientists” (yes, we will be looking for people to take part!).
For this we need your help. Would you give 5 minutes to fill out our NRRD online survey at https://riparian.niwa.co.nz/ and also forward this information to anyone you know who has been involved in riparian fencing or planting? No fencing or planting work is too old – in fact for us, old is gold!