Thursday 14th Nov, 2:00pm



  • Trinity White
    Environment Canterbury

The Magnificent Seven: Incorporating good practice guidelines with the compliance assessment process


Canterbury's braided and lowland rivers provide habitat to a diverse range of both sport and indigenous fish species. These rivers are also an important source of water for irrigation and stock water in the region. Irrigation and stock water intakes pose a significant risk to fish through impeding their passage or removing them from the river system. This risk is managed by Environment Canterbury through the inclusion of fish screening conditions in resource consents to take surface water.

The Canterbury region has more than 1000 surface water take consents, 912 of which require the installation of a fish screen. In 2006, NIWA was contracted by the Canterbury Fish Screen Technical Working Group to develop fish screen good practicse guidelines. These guidelines were subsequently published in 2007. The guidelines identify 7 criteria which need to be considered and appropriately catered for to ensure effective fish screening. In 2018, Environment Canterbury developed a formal monitoring process based on these guidelines as part of a regional fish screen monitoring project. This presentation will detail the 7 guideline criteria and how these have been incorporated into Environment Canterbury's fish screen monitoring and compliance assessment processes. In addition to this, I will reflect on a number of the challenges and learnings from this process particularly in light of the significant cost implications of our decisions to consent holders. 


Trinity White
Resource Management officer, Environment Canterbury


Trinity White is a Resource Management Officer at Environment Canterbury with two years experience. During her time in this role, Trinity's main compliance monitoring focuses have been fish screens, wastewater and large scale land development projects. Trinity holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Otago and a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science from the University of Canterbury.