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Environmental incident response

Date: 01 July 2018
Reporting Frequency: Annually
Category: Regional Leadership


Record reported incidents and ensure a response to mitigate environmental impact.


3,902 incidents in 2017/18.

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 2017/2018 there were around 3,902 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

* Two prosecutions have been completed with fines awarded against the offenders/defendants.

** Three prosecutions in process; two are currently before the courts. In the other prosecution two defendants have settled and the final defendant is before the courts.

*** Order made by the court with conditions that must be met within a certain timeframe. This Enforcement order is for tyre removal.

Find out more

Read our full Incident Reports.

Visit the Monitoring and Compliance pages.

Report an environmental incident.

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


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