Agricultural Catchment Restoration

  • R. W. McDowellEmail author
  • R. M. Monaghan
  • M. E. Close
  • C. C. Tanner


A good understanding of the sources of contaminants and the processes that facilitate and modify their transport to and within freshwaters is the first step in the restoration of good water quality in agricultural catchments. This understanding needs to be combined with knowledge on how different agricultural systems and practices influence contaminant sources and processes, and this knowledge embedded within tools that enable robust decisions to be made to meet desired water quality objectives. Such information and tools will enable us to explore the consequences of mitigation decisions, trade-offs, and ultimately optimise where agriculture and desired water quality best coexist.


Escherichia coli Good management practices Groundwater Mitigation Nitrogen Phosphorus Runoff Sediment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. W. McDowell
    • 1
    Email author
  • R. M. Monaghan
    • 2
  • M. E. Close
    • 3
  • C. C. Tanner
    • 4
  1. 1.AgResearch, Invermay Agricultural CentreMosgielNew Zealand
  2. 2.Faculty of Agriculture and Life SciencesLincoln UniversityChristchurchNew Zealand
  3. 3.Institute of Environmental Science and ResearchChristchurchNew Zealand
  4. 4.National Institute of Water and Atmospheric ResearchHamiltonNew Zealand

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