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The Aerial Groundwater Mapping project will be undertaken using a helicopter during November and December, 2022. Mapping will be undertaken in the northern Southland region, covering parts of the upper Oreti and Mataura River catchments.
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About the Aerial Groundwater Mapping Project
The Aerial Groundwater Mapping project is a scientific investigation to find out more information on the aquifer systems in northern Southland. Aquifer mapping will be carried out in the northern Southland area covering parts of the upper Oreti and Mataura River catchments.
We already know some information about the aquifer (e.g., from groundwater drilling) but we want to fill in information gaps. Knowing more about the aquifer will help us to identify the best ways to balance environmental protection, the increased demand for water, and events such as droughts.
Who is supporting the mahi
The project has formed from collaboration between AIA and Environment Southland, in discussion with iwi. The $1.8 million project is largely funded through Aqua Intel Aotearoa, a national programme on regional water availability and storage. AIA is a collaboration between Kānoa (the delivery arm of the Provincial Growth Fund) and GNS Science. Co-funding organisations include Environment Southland and Great South.
What we want to learn
We will never know everything about the aquifer, but this study will give us a better understanding of:
what the aquifer looks like (e.g. depth, extent, geology)
how the aquifer is connected to wetlands, lakes and streams
the relationship between shallow (unconfined) and deeper (confined) aquifer systems
how groundwater recharges.
How to find out more