World Water Day is an annual United Nations observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater.
The intention is to inspire people around the world to learn more about water-related issues and to take action to make a difference.
Each year, a particular focus is announced on topics relevant to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, in line with the targets of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6, (SDG6).
SGD6 is one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. It calls for clean water and sanitation for all people. The official wording is: “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”
Whether we’re viewing it as a landscape feature, a natural resource, a design element — or, more likely, all of the above — water plays a significant role in Boffa Miskell’s work. From Manukau to the Kawarau, here are just a few examples:
Ahuriri Lagoon Mātauranga Māori Monitoring Programme – Phase 1: Our team of consultants were tasked with delivering a Mātauranga Māori Monitoring Programme for the Whakaora Te Ahuriri project.
Braided Riverbeds Multi-disciplinary Assessments in Canterbury: We were commissioned to assess the Landscape and Natural Character, Recreation, and Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology values in the active bed and margins of each of the four study reaches: Waiau River, Ashburton River, Waihao River and Ahuriri River.
Croftfield Lane Stormwater Wetland: Presented to Auckland Council as a pioneering project for exploring landscape and ecology values in stormwater management, Croftfield Lane became a significant project in changing how the design and implementation of stormwater wetlands can be enhanced to provide multiple benefits for the community.
Riverscape and Flow Assessment Guide: Boffa Miskell was subcontracted by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) to address the issue of river flow perceptions and landscape as part of a FRST-funded research programme called the ‘Water Allocation and Protection of Instream Values’.
Te Auaunga — Walmsley and Underwood Reserves: The project restored 2km of Te Auaunga, daylighted seven piped tributaries, restored eight hectares of open space, and treated the water quality of the contributing catchment.
Three Waters Review Reports: National Stocktake of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants and Cost Estimates for Upgrading Wastewater Treatment Plants that Discharge to the Ocean.
Willow Removal on the Kawarau River: In the Upper Kawarau River at the outlet of Lake Wakatipu, a 10-hectare mass of lagarosiphon sits less than 1km from the Kawarau Falls Bridge.
Duck Creek Re-creation: How you can realign streams to look and perform as a natural waterway, with improved stream ecological values?
Stream health in full flow: Restoring waterways is a very satisfying part of the Boffa Miskell practice.
Opinion: Can cultural attributes help guide us as we restore degraded waterways back to health?: Incorporating Maori cultural values to legislative frameworks highlights mana whenua’s spiritual connection with, and stewardship of, New Zealand’s freshwater rivers, lakes and wetlands.
20 March 2020