The National Environmental Monitoring Standards steering group (NEMS) has prepared a series of environmental monitoring standards with support from the Regional Chief Executive Officers (RCEO) and the Ministry for the Environment (MFE). The development of these standards was led by regional and unitary councils from across New Zealand, in partnership with the electricity generation industry and the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA).
These documents prescribe technical standards, methods and other requirements associated with the continuous monitoring of a number of environmental parameters. The agencies that developed these standards are responsible for the majority of hydrological and continuous environmental related measurements within New Zealand. It is recommended that these standards are adopted throughout New Zealand and that all data collected is also processed and quality coded appropriately. The degree of rigour in which the standard is applied, will depend on the quality of data sought.
These documents have been subject to continuous stakeholder review. Appropriate changes have been made and are now amended as Final versions except where stated otherwise. The final versions have been ratified by RMG representatives and crown copyright is invoked.
A review will be conducted within one year of release. They will be reviewed thereafter, once every two years. Following any changes being made as a result of review, version numbers will be updated on the cover of the document. The document control register gives the date and a summary of the changes made.
- Document control register (pdf)
- Glossary of terms (pdf)
- Safe Acquisition of Field Data in and Around Fresh Water Code of Practice (pdf)
- Dissolved Oxygen (pdf)
- Hydrological & Meteorological Structures (Code of Practice) (pdf)
- Open Channel Flow (pdf)
- Quality Code Schema (pdf)
- Rainfall Recording (pdf)
- Ratings (pdf)
- Site Surveys (pdf)
- Soil Water (pdf)
- Turbidity (original May 2013 version)(pdf)
- Turbidity (final draft following 2016 review) (pdf)
- Water Level (pdf)
- Water Meter Data (under review)
- Water Temperature (pdf)
When referencing these documents, please use the following as a guide:
National Environmental Monitoring Standards (NEMS). (2013). Water level – Measurement, processing and archiving of water level data. (A National Environmental Monitoring Standard). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry for the Environment. Available from /media/16590/nems-water-level-recording-2013-06-1-.pdf