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Table 2

Current research and development initiatives in community volunteer monitoring of streams in NZ

InitiativeRationale and notes
1. Low-cost E. coli methods comparison Assess different methods of E. coli measurement for reproducibility and ‘usability’ by volunteers. 
2. SHMAK upgrade and extension Improve existing capability and extend to new attributes (see Table 1). Also, to provide better training resources, quality assurance (QA), and web-based data recording. 
3. Database and online community Develop a database, and a mobile app for data entry. Embed within a website with tools for data interpretation and advice. 
4. National CBWM advisory group Bring together the agencies required to develop a national strategy for supporting CBWM in NZ, including for establishing volunteer protocols in SHMAK. 
5. National riparian experiment Engage volunteer monitors to assess stream health in response to riparian planting (of different age and on different-sized streams). 
6. Swimming quality of waters Engage volunteer monitors to assess suitability of water for swimming based on measurement of E. coli, visual clarity, and other key variables. 
7. Guidance material for water managers Provide guidance and resources for water management agencies (esp. regional authorities in NZ) to foster CBWM groups and provide ongoing support to the volunteers. The support could include: training, encouragement, QA, loan of equipment, analysis of samples (notably for nutrients), and use of volunteer data in reporting. 
InitiativeRationale and notes
1. Low-cost E. coli methods comparison Assess different methods of E. coli measurement for reproducibility and ‘usability’ by volunteers. 
2. SHMAK upgrade and extension Improve existing capability and extend to new attributes (see Table 1). Also, to provide better training resources, quality assurance (QA), and web-based data recording. 
3. Database and online community Develop a database, and a mobile app for data entry. Embed within a website with tools for data interpretation and advice. 
4. National CBWM advisory group Bring together the agencies required to develop a national strategy for supporting CBWM in NZ, including for establishing volunteer protocols in SHMAK. 
5. National riparian experiment Engage volunteer monitors to assess stream health in response to riparian planting (of different age and on different-sized streams). 
6. Swimming quality of waters Engage volunteer monitors to assess suitability of water for swimming based on measurement of E. coli, visual clarity, and other key variables. 
7. Guidance material for water managers Provide guidance and resources for water management agencies (esp. regional authorities in NZ) to foster CBWM groups and provide ongoing support to the volunteers. The support could include: training, encouragement, QA, loan of equipment, analysis of samples (notably for nutrients), and use of volunteer data in reporting. 

These initiatives are being led by NIWA in collaboration with a range of NZ agencies including: Wai Care, Whitebait Connection, DairyNZ, Beef and Lamb NZ, NZ Landcare Trust, several Regional Authorities, Department of Conservation and Ministry for the Environment.

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