Living Lake Symposium 2011

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Living Lake Symposium 2011

With over 200 registrations, the third Living Lake symposium was the biggest yet!  The programme included a series of speakers covering a variety of topics on Tuesday November 15th and Wednesday November 16th. This was followed by a field trip on Saturday 19th November to visit some key sites.

Thanks to our sponsors – Environment Canterbury, Ngai Tahu, NIWA, DOC, Fish & Game NZ, Lincoln University, Selwyn District Council, Canterbury Community Trust, Meridian and Fonterra. Thanks also to the local producers who donated produce or gave us special deals.

The full programme, which includes brief abstracts of the presentations, can be downloaded here.

The slideshows from each of the presenters can also be downloaded – click on the links below.

DAY 1 – TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15th, chaired by Jenny Webster-Brown, Director of the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Research

Setting the Scene” – Clive Howard-Williams and Ned Norton, NIWA

Land Use Change in Selwyn District – Andrew Mactier, Selwyn District Council

Freshwater fish of Te Waihora – recruitment, important habitats, and changes in fish communities – Don Jellyman, NIWA

Update of surface water hydrology in the Te Waihora /Lake Ellesmere CatchmentDan Clark, Environment Canterbury

Groundwater resource update and managed aquifer rechargeHoward Williams, Golder Associates

Lake water quality trends and identifying opportunities to make significant improvementsAdrian Meredith, Environment Canterbury

Ecological flows for rivers in the Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere catchmentGreg Burrell, Golder Associates

Restoration project update 1 – Stephen Brailsford, Part 1Waihora Ellesmere Trust, Part 2 – Restoration Activities on Public Conservation Land

Restoration project update 2 – Andrew Spanton, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu

Restoration project update 3 – Brooke Turner, Te Ara Kakariki

Restoration project update 4Andrew Mactier, Selwyn District Council

Monitoring and enhancing ecosystem services at Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Steve Wratten, Lincoln University

Whakaora Te Waihora – Donna Woodley, Environment Canterbury

and Jason Arnold, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu

University research updates Jenny Webster-Brown, Director, Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management

Modelling the water balance of Te Waihora for the National Water Conservation Order amendments – Graeme Horrell, NIWA

Canterbury Lysimeter Network Project – MS Srinivasan, Maurice Duncan, NIWA

The Selwyn River/Waikirikiri – Scott Larned, NIWA

The future of dairying in Selwyn-Waihora – Todd Muller, Fonterra

DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER  16th, chaired by David Caygill, Environment Canterbury Commissioner

Recap of Day 1 – Ken Taylor, Environment Canterbury & Ken Hughey, Lincoln University

Keynote address: Lake restoration: Is there a successful model? David Hamilton, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chair in Lake Restoration, University of Waikato

The Canterbury Water Management Strategy regulatory framework – Peter Skelton, Environment Canterbury Commissioner

Water Conservation Order – Craig Pauling and Jason Arnold, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu

Land Use and Water Quality – Ian Brown, Environment Canterbury and Melissa Robson, AgResearch.  Additional notes for this presenatation are also available.

Future proofing through the CWMS – Brett Painter, Environment Canterbury

CWMS Implementation Programmes (ZIPS & RIP): What have we learned so far? – Miria Goodwin and Peter Ramsden, Environment Canterbury

Have your say on Water ManagementSelwyn-Waihora Zone Committee present their draft Zone Implementation Programme.

Summary of main themes emerging from both days – Bryan Jenkins, Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management


Following the two days of presentations, on Saturday 19th November, a field trip visted some key sites around the lake, with a great view from the bus of a number of restoration projects along the way. At our first stop we heard from Phil Garrett, a local dairy farmer who has planted the riparian zones of  many drains around his property with native plants. Roger Kilpatrick from Fonterra also shared an industry vision for the catchment.

We then moved onto Lakeside Domain and heard about the amazing birdlife from Ken Hughey and about water quality and the macrophyte beds from Tim Davie.

Our final stop was at Lower Selwyn Huts where Stephen Brailsford explained his very successful approach to riparian restoration, and we heard from Robin Smith about key issues for DOC.  Robin also showed us the extent of the public conservation land around the lake.

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