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Stream Health Monitoring and Assessment Kit

How healthy is your stream? SHMAK - the New Zealand Stream Health Monitoring and Assessment Kit - has been designed to help you find out.

NIWA’s Stream Health Monitoring Assessment Kit (SHMAK) gives land owners, iwi, school and community groups simple, scientifically-sound tools and resources to monitor the ecological health of New Zealand’s streams.

If you would like to order a kit download the order form and email it to instruments@niwa.co.nz.  

If you have any questions about SHMAK email shmak@niwa.co.nz.


Members of the Silverstream Restoration Group (Upper Hutt) monitoring the type and amount of periphyton (algae) growing in the Mawaihakona Stream. [Allen Sheppard]
Poor water quality compounds stream straightening. [NIWA]