Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


New Station To Improve River Monitoring


MEDIA RELEASE

Monday, January 28, 2013

New Station To Improve River Monitoring

A taller and improved monitoring station is in place alongside the Manawatu River beside the old Teachers’ College where it will be used by Horizons Regional Council for flood monitoring and protection.

The new station stems from work being carried out under the Lower Manawatu Scheme to protect the city from a one-in-500-year flood.

When stopbanks were raised, the station needed to be lifted to ensure monitoring could continue in a major flood event. A walkway between the monitoring station and the stopbank is expected to be installed later in the week.

Horizons catchment information manager Jeff Watson says in addition to being 900mm higher, the new station has been brought up to current earthquake standards and handrails leading up to it will make it safer for those accessing vital monitoring equipment inside.

“The Teachers’ College monitoring station is one of our base monitoring sites, capturing information on river level, sediment load, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and water temperature,” Mr Watson says.

“It has the longest continuous flow record in New Zealand, with river flow data dating back to 1928 and records exist at this location for every major flood since 1928.

“Information about river flow at the site is used in flood forecasting which helps us to determine when to open the Moutoa Sluice Gates and for the operation of other aspects of the Lower Manawatu Scheme.

“We also have around three hundred people registered to receive automated flood warnings when the river reaches set levels through our river information system. These automated warnings enable landowners to shift stock, secure assets and mitigate the risk and impact of flooding,” he says.

As well as being used in flood forecasting, information from the monitoring site assists in setting minimum flows for those taking water and helps inform Horizons’ water quality scientists.

Horizons maintains 176 recording sites throughout the region which monitor rainfall, air quality, wind and soil moisture among other environmental indicators.

Environmental data collected through the council’s widespread telemetry system feeds into Horizons’ website where it is easily accessible to the public in close to real-time.

Find out more about Horizons’ river heights and rainfall monitoring online at www.horizons.govt.nz or give Horizons customer services team a call on toll free number 0508 800 800.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Election Day: National Win

With all votes counted National and John Key have won a third term and are close to being able to govern alone if they so choose.

Key has indicated he will still reach out to form a Government with ACT, United Future and Maori Party.

National ended the night on 48 percent, Labour 24.6 and the Greens 10. Though special votes might change the margins it is certainly a third term victory for Key defying the political gravity which usually hits parties seeking a third term. Increasing National’s party share is a remarkable political achievement...More>>

Overall Results | Live Results | Predictions |

 


Perfectly-Timed Anniversaries: Suffrage Day Is Last Chance To Enrol

“The last chance to enrol is Friday 19 September. You can’t enrol on election day.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)

For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters… Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens. More>>

ALSO:

Meddling: Aussie Liberals Embroiled In Key Campaign

John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says. More>>

ALSO:

SURVEILLANCE:

Election Ad Soundtrack: Rapper Eminem Sues National Party Over Copyright Breach

US rapper Eminem is suing the New Zealand National Party for alleged copyright infringement over unauthorised use of the rapper’s ‘Lose Yourself’ song in an election campaign advertisement. More>>

ALSO:

Big March: Call For An End To Domestic Violence

Hundreds of protesters marched down Lambton Quay to Parliament Monday calling for an end to domestic violence. Wearing white facemasks, waving banners and calling for “safety” for the women and children of New Zealand.. More>>

ALSO:

Pre-Election Chartering: Four New Partnership Schools To Open

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the Government has signed contracts to open four new Partnership Schools in 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf 50 Out Now - The Election Issue: Loss Leaders

Gordon Campbell: A third term requires a mature decision, with eyes wide open. It calls for a conscious vote of confidence… Without trying hard here are about 19 reasons, in no particular order, for not ticking ‘party vote’ National. More>>

ALSO:

Not-Especially New Plans: All Prisons To Become Working Prisons Under National

All public prisons in New Zealand will become full working prisons by 2017, and ex-prisoners will receive post-release drug addiction treatment if National is returned to government, says Corrections Spokesperson Anne Tolley. More>>

ALSO:

Māngere: "False Claim Of Matai Title" - Labour

National must explain why its candidate for Māngere Misa Fia Turner appears to be using a Matai title she is not entitled to, Labour’s MP for Māngere and Pacific Islands Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio says. A Matai title is a legally-recognised ... More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: No New Zealand Child Should Grow Up In Poverty

Child Poverty Action Group's flagship policy publication Our Children, Our Choice: Priorities for Policy calls for cross party political agreement to underpin an action plan to eliminate child poverty in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news