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Rivers and Wetlands

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As well as maintaining a network to monitor and predict floods, Marlborough District Council hydrologists monitor rainfall, river flows and groundwater levels, analyse data and provide information and advice to groups both inside and outside Council.

Council maintains a network of river sites using electronic technology. Data from most sites is transmitted direct to Council's Blenheim office.

The collection of data and subsequent analysis allows information to be used for other projects such as the determination of low flows in rivers for resource consents, water allocation, in-stream habitat surveys and groundwater recharge investigations.

In this section

  • Flows and levels 
    Current river level data is available online through the menu at the left of your screen. A map showing the river flow monitoring sites can be used to display data from the various sites.
  • Historic Flows and Levels 
    For historic information.
  • Ecology of Rivers
    The land use around the stream and the land use in the catchment are both very important influences on the overall health of the waterway.
  • Natural Character of Rivers
    The Council has released a report containing an assessment of the natural character of selected Marlborough rivers.
  • River Water Quality
    River water quality is routinely monitored to ensure that water quality is of a high enough standard to protect the values of the river. River values include; ecological values, recreational values, irrigation and drinking water values, aesthetic values etc.
  • Wetlands
    A wetland is an area of land which is covered in, or wetted by, water for most (but not necessarily all) of the time.

Natural Character of Rivers

The Council has released a report containing an assessment of the natural character of selected Marlborough rivers. The study was undertaken as an independent assessment by Boffa Miskell Ltd with the assistance of an expert panel of people familiar with Marlborough rivers. The study was also undertaken as part of a wider project co funded by the Foundation for Research and Technology to develop methodology to assess the significance of river values.

The various attributes that contribute to the natural character of the river channel, riparian margin and wider landscape character have been scored against specified thresholds in order to determine the overall level of natural character. The natural character of each river is then identified and mapped.

The report provides useful information to resource consent applicants and the community about the nature of the natural character of Marlborough’s main rivers.

Read the Document Online

Below is a flipbook copy of the document*.

* What is a flipbook? A flipbook is an online ebook copy of a document with some useful features including the ability to create a document with just those pages relevant to you. Read more about flipbooks

Click on the link to see a flipbook version of this document. The Natural Character of Selected Marlborough Rivers and Their Margins

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PDF Document. The Natural Character of Selected Marlborough Rivers and Their Margins (3.3 Mb)

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