Published:5 March 2018
Source:Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU
Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit research project.
Continuous water quality buoys are being deployed in select estuaries as part of integrated catchment monitoring projects around the Auckland region. These buoys will greatly enhance our understanding of the short-term changes in water quality that we may not be capturing in our monthly water quality monitoring.
The first buoy was deployed in the Mahurangi Harbour as part of an intensified effort by Auckland Council's Research and Evaluation Unit (RIMU) to understand the effects of land use and development on environmental quality. RIMU scientists have been monitoring marine ecology, marine water quality, plant and animal ecology, soil quality, air quality, and freshwater water quality and ecology at sites throughout the Mahurangi catchment since 1991. The new buoy data will help us better understand connectivity across the catchment.
Real time water quality monitoring in the Mahurangi Harbour, Monitoring Research Quarterly, December 2017 page 7.