The Otago Regional Council will seek to keep important
freshwater monitoring sites going if Niwa discontinues them.
Niwa had reviewed its monitoring operations and was making
changes to enable its ''expertise and capabilities'' to be
used to the country's ''best advantage'', Niwa general
manager strategy Dr Bryce Cooper said.
Niwa was consulting with the Ministry of Environment and
regional councils to ''ensure consistent and state-of-the-art
freshwater monitoring across New Zealand'' which would mean
fewer sites monitored but to higher standards.
It has 50 hydrometric (river flow/level) stations in Otago
and eight water quality monitoring sites.