River catchments, and the pressures they face, are an ever changing environment. New or emerging environmental issues, changes in community expectations and the development of new management and policy frameworks all mean that the information requirements of statutory authorities such as the Regional Councils are also constantly evolving.
Environment Southland engaged Aquanet Consulting to undertake a critical review of its State of the Environment water quality monitoring programme. The key goal of this review was to ensure that the monitoring programme was able to deliver the data and information required to inform essential Regional Council processes such as State of the Environment reporting, policy development, Regional Plan effectiveness monitoring and plan/policy implementation. This formed the basis for key recommendations relating to representativeness, monitoring determinands, monitoring frequency, and monitoring site categories and locations.
This review was completed in April 2010 (download report here).