What additional work is being done?
The Council introduced two new estuaries in 2009 - the Kaipara harbour and Whangaroa harbour. Monitoring results from these two estuaries will be processed later in the year.
To compliment the EMP, the Council has developed a programme to investigate sedimentation rates in our estuaries and harbours.
Sediment plates have been buried at all estuary monitoring sites in the EMP in order to measure the current rate at which sediment is deposited in these areas. Results from this programme will be used to indicate whether or not sedimentation rates also affect biological communities.