River water quality: Nitrogen, state, 2016 - 2020

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This dataset was first added to MfE Data Service on 11 Aug 2022.

Adapted by Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand to provide for environmental reporting transparency. Dataset used to develop the “River water quality: Nitrogen” indicator, (available at www.stats.govt.nz/indicators/river-water-quality-n...).

Nitrogen in river waters is one of five parameters that provide an overview of New Zealand’s River water quality and how it is changing over time. Nitrogen is an essential nutrient for plants and algae. Some nutrient supply is a natural component of healthy rivers, but agricultural and urban land use, and infrastructure such as wastewater treatment plants, can add more nitrogen to waterways. Too much nitrogen can lead to excessive growth of algae, which can deteriorate river habitats. In very high concentrations, some forms of nitrogen, including nitrate-nitrogen and ammoniacal nitrogen, can be toxic to aquatic life.

This dataset shows:

  • concentrations of total nitrogen (TN), nitrate-nitrite-nitrogen (NNN) and ammoniacal nitrogen (NH4N) measured at monitored sites, expressed as percentiles for the period 2016–2020
  • a comparison of measured nitrate-nitrite-nitrogen and ammoniacal nitrogen concentrations at monitored sites with the proportion of human modified landcover in the upstream catchment area
  • how measured median values compare to the default guideline values in the Australian and New Zealand guidelines for fresh and marine water quality (ANZG, 2018), which indicates the risk of environmental impairment
  • toxicity to aquatic species, as defined by the National Objectives Framework (NOF) bands related to ecosystem health (MfE, 2020)

More information on this dataset and how it relates to our environmental reporting indicators and topics can be found in the attached data quality pdf.

Summary report available at environment.govt.nz/publications/environment-aotea....

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1. Nitrogen_state_data_quality.pdf 197 KB pdf
Technical Details
Table ID 109656
Data type Table
Row count 34784
Columns field_1, measure_ab, measure, indicator, units, nzsegment, sof, lat, long, s_id, sed_class, filter_ok, measurement, value, nof_band, anzg_threshold, anzg_meet, anthropogenic_modification, period, national_bottom_line, censored_value, n_leftcensored, n_rightcensored, imputed_lower, imputed_upper, al, dl, n_values, n_months, no_years, months_incl
Services Web Feature Service (WFS), Catalog Service (CS-W), data.govt.nz Atom Feed
History
Added 11 Aug 2022
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Current revision Imported on July 17, 2022 from CSV .