Sustainable Farming Fund project – Canterbury farmers wanted for groundwater study

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Mar, 2016

New study aims to understand the groundwater quality between the Ashburton and Rakaia Rivers – the regional and seasonal differences as well as depth levels.

This project is jointly funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries and Sustainable Farming Fund. It is a collaborative study involving the Foundation for Arable Research, local farmers, businesses, industry groups, and Environment Canterbury.

The study aims to understand the groundwater quality between the Ashburton and Rakaia Rivers – the regional and seasonal differences as well as depth levels. The research programme will develop a groundwater monitoring programme and will address how the nitrate levels fluctuate. Lincoln Agritech will be assisting in this study by undertaking nitrate analysis and hydrogeological guidance on the factors affecting nitrate levels. 

Environment Canterbury will be engaging with farmers and the Ashburton Zone Committee in constructive dialogue to develop outcomes to meet the environmental, economic and social needs of the farmers and the community.

For more information about this programme, you can read about it here:
1. Farmer support required for groundwater project 
2. Wanted: Farmers for groundwater study