Author:M Lowe, R Ingley, D Young, Morphum Environmental
Source:Auckland Council Stormwater Unit
Watercourse Assessment Reports (WARs, previously called Watercourse Management Plans – WMPs) provide baseline information on the existing condition of waterways. A Watercourse Assessment Report is a core resource in managing waterways to multiple objectives within realistic environmental, economic and social constraints. Watercourse Assessment Reports aim to provide information which can be used to maintain high value streams, enhance degraded streams and remedy specific stormwater issues while recognising the future growth pressures facing the Auckland region and the essential function of urban streams in conveying stormwater.
The purpose of WAR is to collect and report on meaningful data (engineering assets, biological and geomorphological stream state) in order to inform effective management of:
• Stream ecological health (biological and physical attributes)
• Stormwater infrastructure
• Stormwater conveyance
The Watercourse Assessment Methodology (WAM) (this Document) rationalises and improves on the previous specification document (the Stream Assessment Survey and Watercourse Management Plan Specification – version 1.4).
Auckland Council technical report, TR2016/002