Waimea Water Management Area

This page contains 2015 State of the Environment Water Quality Report information for the Waimea Water Management Area.


This area includes the Waimea and Wai-iti catchments as well as all the tributaries of the Waimea Inlet. This is the same as the Freshwater Management Unit set up under the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (2014) except for the addition of sites flowing into the eastern arm of the Waimea Inlet.

In this area, there were 12 River Water Quality sites monitored between 2010 and 2014 (Figure 1). There are no reference sites in this area without some potential impact upstream (Reservoir Creek upstream Marlborough Cres and Wairoa upstream Pig Valley both have relatively significant areas of exotic forestry upstream).