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By Dianne Elliotte
Senior Environmental Technical Officer

Soil moisture and temperature monitoring began in 2002 with two sites in Northern Southland as part of a groundwater recharge investigation project.  We now have 18 sites throughout the province. 

The ES network expanded in 2006, providing a tool for farmers to guide them with the management of farm dairy effluent.  In addition to effluent irrigation, the soil moisture data is used in a range of other projects including catchment runoff and flood warning modelling, providing...