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The Power of the Current Monitoring Network to Detect Nitrate Reductions in the Selwyn-Waihora Zone

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posted on 2024-06-21, 04:08 authored by Matt Dumont, Zeb Etheridge
Plan Change 1 (PC1) of the Canterbury Land andWater Regional Plan included requirements for farmers in the Selwyn-Waihora catchment to reduce nitrate discharges to groundwater to support water quality improvements. PC1 became operational in 2016 with a requirement for NO3-N (nitrate nitrogen) reductions to be fully implemented by 2022. Very few monitoring sites in the Selwyn-Waihora catchment and assessed by this report show decreasing NO3-N concentrations to date. This study evaluates the change detection power analysis of 56 sites (46 groundwater wells and 10 surface water features) to identify when and if PC1 reductions might become detectable in the current monitoring programme.

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Funded by the New Zealand Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment's Our Land and Water National Science Challenge (Toitū te Whenua, Toiora te Wai) as part of project Monitoring Freshwater Improvement Actions

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Publication date

2023-02-20

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  • English

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