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4.2.17 Monitoring and Sampling Structures

4.2.17.1 Permitted Activity Rule – Monitoring and Sampling Structures

  1. Unless controlled by Rule 4.2.5.1 the use, erection, reconstruction, placement, alteration or extension of any equipment, measuring apparatus or similar device for the purpose of carrying out inspections, surveys, investigations, tests, measurements or taking samples, and associated bed disturbance, in, on, under or over the bed of a river or lake, and
  2. Any discharge of sediment associated with construction activities;

are permitted activities subject to the following conditions:

  1. The structure shall provide for the safe passage of fish both upstream and downstream.
  2. The structure and the floodway shall, in the immediate vicinity, be maintained clear of obstructions.
  3. The structure shall not restrict the cross sectional area by more than 10 percent of the river width or five metres, whichever is the lesser.
  4. The structure shall be maintained in a structurally sound condition at all times.
  5. All equipment and surplus construction materials shall be removed from the river or lake bed and the floodplain on the completion of that activity.
  6. No contaminants (including, but not limited to, oil, hydraulic fluids, petrol, diesel, other fuels, paint or solvents, but excluding sediment) shall be discharged to water from the activity.
  7. The owner of the structure shall inform the Waikato Regional Council in writing of the location of the structure at least 10 working days prior to commencing the activity.
  8. The activity shall not disturb any archaeological site or waahi tapu as identified at the date of notification of this Plan, in any district plan, in the NZ Archaeological Association’s Site Recording Scheme, or by the Historic Places Trust except where Historic Places Trust approval has been obtained.
  9. In the event of any waahi tapu that is not subject to condition h) being identified by the Waikato Regional Council to the person undertaking the use, erection, reconstruction, placement, extension or alteration, the activity shall cease insofar as it may affect the waahi tapu. The activity shall not be recommenced without the approval of the Waikato Regional Council.
  10. The construction works shall comply with the suspended solids discharge standards as set out in Section 4.2.21.
  11. Any erosion occurring as a result of the structure shall be remedied as soon as practicable.
  12. This rule shall not apply to activities located in, on, under or over the bed of a river or lake that is a Significant Geothermal Feature.

Advisory Notes:

  • The use, erection, reconstruction, placement, alteration or extension of monitoring or sampling structures in, on, under or over the bed of a river or lake that does not comply with Rule 4.2.17.1 is a discretionary activity in accordance with Rule 4.2.4.4.
  • Where a waahi tapu site is identified whilst undertaking the activity, the process that Waikato Regional Council will follow in order to implement condition i) is set out in Section 2.3.4.22 of this Plan.
  • Where a structure or activity is to be located in, on, under or over the bed of a water body that is Significant Geothermal Feature, Rules 7.6.6.1 to 7.6.6.3 shall apply. Significant Geothermal Features are defined in the Glossary, and in Development and Limited Development Geothermal Systems, identified on maps in Section 7.10 of this Plan.

Explanation and Principal Reasons for Adopting Method 4.2.17.1
Monitoring and sampling structures generally have minor adverse effects and some are of a temporary nature. These structures provide important data that assists in managing natural and physical resources.

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