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  • Title Broad Scale Habitat Mapping of Sandy Beaches and River Estuaries on the Western Wellington Coast
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    Date published 1 March 2006
    GWRC Publication No GW/RP-T-06/54
    Abstract This report maps the substrate of beaches and river estuaries
    along the Kapiti coast line as far as Otaki Beach North,
    Karehana Bay, Plimmerton Beach, Titahi Bay, and Makara
    Estuary, and provides an overview of the health of these intertidal
    habitats which provide significant amenity and environmental
    value. It suggests that the information gained would assist in
    future strategic planning and management of issues associated
    with: resource consents, pollution and state of environmental
    monitoring, and identifies the following environmental pressures
    during sampling: erosion protection, flooding, grooming,
    introduced weeds, landfill leachate, loss of marginal habitat,
    nutrient enrichment, residential, sand extraction, shellfish
    collection, stormwater, and vehicles. The report concludes that
    the sites were in a healthy condition but residential development
    poses the most significant impact to the coastal areas.
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