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Environmental incident response

Date: 01 July 2019
Reporting Frequency: Annually
Category: Regional Leadership


Respond to reported incidents to stop environmental damage.


3,530 incidents in 2018/19.

About this goal

We want to deal with environmental risks before they turn into incidents and cause damage - a fence at the top of the cliff. This is happening through things like nutrient limits and the Good Management Programme of continuous improvement on farm.

Monitoring consent compliance and responding to incidents, while necessary and important, are more like the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. They are needed to fix a problem often after the environmental damage has occurred, and stop it happening again.

During 2018/19 there were 3,530 resource management incidents across Canterbury. Most of these related to air quality – reflecting the visibility of the issue and community priorities. The second largest group was water.

If an incident has the potential to seriously impact the environment, a Resource Management Officer will make a site visit at the earliest opportunity.

Why does it matter?

Members of the public have an important role to play in protecting our natural resources. Each year, we receive approximately 4,000 reports regarding incidents with potential to harm the quality of our air, land or water.

What's being done?

We provide a 24-hour point of contact for reporting environmental incidents to ensure a suitable response occurs. All calls received are researched and evaluated to assess the potential environmental effects. Due to the high volume of reports, we respond to the most serious incidents first.

What we investigated

What the grades mean

A - Full compliance
Full compliance with all relevant plan rules, regulations and national environmental standards.

B - Low risk non-compliance
Compliance with most of the relevant plan rules, regulations and national environmental standards. Carries a low risk of adverse environmental effects.

C - Moderate non-compliance
Non-compliance with some of the plan rules, relevant regulations and national environmental standards. Some environmental consequence.

D - Significant non-compliance
Non-compliance with many of the relevant plan rules, regulations and national environmental standards. Significant environmental consequence.

Find out more

Read our full Environmental incident reports.

Report an environmental incident.

Find out how ratepayer funding supports this work with our Rates Tool.


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