Waterway monitoring

The Council currently monitors many waterways within Christchurch and Banks Peninsula for a range of aspects, including water quality, sediment quality and aquatic ecology.

This monitoring is undertaken for consenting purposes, and also to uphold the requirements of our policies and plans.

Water quality

The Christchurch City Council currently monitors monthly, the water quality at over forty Christchurch waterways sites. Environment Canterbury monitors waterways in Bank Peninsula.

There is also potential for Council to undertake additional sampling in Banks Peninsula waterways within settlement areas, as part of the Comprehensive Stormwater Network Discharge Consent.

Water quality is typically monitored for the following parameters:

  • Dissolved copper
  • Dissolved lead
  • Dissolved zinc
  • Biochemical Oxygen Demand
  • Conductivity
  • Dissolved Oxygen
  • Enterococci 
  • Escherichia coli 
  • Total water hardness
  • Total ammonia (ammoniacal nitrogen)
  • Nitrate nitrogen
  • Nitrite nitrogen
  • Nitrate-Nitrite-Nitrogen
  • Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
  • pH
  • Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus
  • Salinity
  • Total Suspended Solids
  • Water temperature
  • Turbidity.

The results of this monitoring are presented annually in a report assessing differences between sites and over time, and compares the results to guideline levels, to determine sites and parameters of concern.

Reports

City-wide surface water quality reports

City-wide surface water quality summary brochures

Other monitoring reports

 

Ecology and sediment quality

The Council has monitored the aquatic ecology and sediment quality of many waterways in the area for a number of years.

Ecologist monitoring the Avon with electric fishing gear (Probe and net)Monitoring is undertaken in a different catchment per year, on a five-yearly rotating catchment basis. Some aquatic ecology sites are also monitored annually.

These surveys include assessments of riparian and instream habitat, aquatic plants and algae, aquatic insects and fish. Sediment is typically analysed for the following parameters:

  • Particle size distribution
  • Total recoverable copper, lead and zinc
  • Total organic carbon
  • Total phosphorus
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
  • Semi-volatile organic compounds.

The results are presented in reports assessing the condition of the waterways and parameters of concern, based on relevant guidelines, as well as any changes over time.


Five-yearly monitoring reports

Avon River

Halswell River

Heathcote River and Linwood Canal

Ōtūkaikino River

Styx River


Annual monitoring reports

Cashmere Stream

Styx Mill


Other monitoring reports