To this end, Environment Canterbury maintains a large network of several hundred water quality monitoring sites throughout the region, plus groundwater recorders and rainfall recording sites.
The Regional Council has also played a key role in the development, funding and implementation of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy. Launched in October 2009, the strategy is a vision for the sustainable use of water and a unique approach to complex water allocation and management issues.
Canterbury has been experiencing declines in water quality in recent years, with lowland streams having the poorest quality. Immediate steps to improve water quality, for instance by enhancing biodiversity along waterways, have been built in to the Canterbury Water Management Strategy from the outset.