New Zealand: An initial $10,000 in funding has been secured for a multimillion-dollar groundwater mapping project in Southland.
However, it is unknown where the remaining funds for the $3.55 million project will be found.
A Venture Southland joint committee decided to allocate $10,000 from its investigations and assessment fund for the Southland Water Resources Mapping and Assessment project.
Venture Southland enterprise and strategic projects group manager Steve Canny said the project would be similar to topoclimate mapping in the region, which had proved valuable.
Groundwater resource information was critical for future decision-making in the region, which was why Venture should forge ahead with the initial phase one study, he said.
The project would include a 3D water mapping and geological model and would also look at the potential for mineral extraction.
Canny said many Southlanders faced the challenge of monitoring water resources on a daily basis.
“Southland needs this fundamental tool for decision-making to provide essential information about this valuable resource, to enable people and organisations to make good decisions and to support industry and the community”.
Once the project is complete, the information would assist regional planners, rural and urban communities, farmers and businesses to make decisions about the assessment and allocation of water resources into the future, he said.
It would also support business investment, land use development and protection of potable water supplies.