The Mangapapa Stream near Woodville in the Horizons Region has been recognised as the second most improved waterway for dissolved inorganic nitrogen at this year’s New Zealand River Awards.
The Awards, sponsored by the Morgan Foundation, aim to encourage regional councils and communities to work hard to improve the health of their local rivers. Winners were announced at a ceremony in Wellington on Thursday 26 November.
The Mangapapa Stream is a tributary of the Manawatū River and has shown an improving trend of 13.6 per cent per annum for dissolved inorganic nitrogen over the past 10 years.
Horizons Regional Council chairman Bruce Gordon says it’s fantastic to see the Mangapapa Stream recognised for a reduction in nitrogen; one of the major contributors to plant and algal growth.
“It’s a great result for water quality in our region and we hope to see the improvement continue,” Mr Gordon says.