Discovery Issue 30
Soil and water — March 2010
In this issue
Don’t treat it like dirt
Soils, along with fresh water, are one of New Zealand’s most important, yet stressed, natural resources.
Better understanding of soils and improved irrigation technology is allowing farmers to grow more using less water.
Science and water
Management of our freshwater resource is an increasingly complex task and Landcare Research is involved in significant projects with authorities throughout New Zealand to better understand and manage this precious resource.
Integrated Research for Aquifer Protection (IRAP)
Landcare Research has also been collaborating with ECan on the Integrated Research for Aquifer Protection (IRAP) project, seeking to understand the big picture of water quality from the plant to the aquifer.
Storms vs land-use change
Large, powerful infrequent storms as well as changes in land use are both major drivers altering the rates of sediment generation and delivery into rivers and the ocean.