Waterways research and teaching

Currently, the waterways and their rehabilitation, particularly Waiutuutu/Okeover Stream, are used as topics for some student labs, undergraduate and post-graduate projects and theses in Geography, Biological Sciences, Forestry, and Natural Resources Engineering (Civil Engineering) departments. Research projects to date have explored aspects of stream ecology, restoration ecology, water chemistry, stormwater contaminants, GIS (geographic information systems) applications, and hydrology.

Staff and students from the School of Biological Sciences’ Freshwater Ecology Research Group (FERG) have been monitoring the invertebrate fauna in Waiutuutu/Okeover Stream since 1999.

Staff and students from the Department of Civil Engineering's Hydrological and Ecological Engineering Group programme monitor and study indepth stormwater contaminant issues in Waiutuutu/Okeover Stream and Ōtākaro/Avon River.

If you are interested in becoming involved in the campus waterways project, from any academic perspective, please email sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz.

Theses

Published articles or reports

  • Blakely, T.J., Harding, J.S. (2005). Longitudinal patterns in benthic communities in an urban stream under restoration (PDF 700KB). New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 39: 17-28.  http://www.biol.canterbury.ac.nz/ferg/urban.benthic.shtml.
  • Blakely T.J., Harding J.S., McIntosh A.R. and Winterbourn M.J. (2006). Barriers to the recovery of aquatic insect communities in urban streams. Freshwater biology 51: 1634-1645 (pdf available on request).
  • Bond, J. and Arbouw, P, (2010) Improving urban waterway health: local public perceptions of stormwater and the Okeover Stream, Christchurch. Report No R10/40, Environment Canterbury. https://api.ecan.govt.nz/TrimPublicAPI/documents/download/1394138.
  • Cadórniga, I., Cochrane, T.A., O'Sullivan, A. (2013) Spatial and temporal modelling of heavy metal contaminant loadings to urban streams. https://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/handle/10092/8765
  • Charters, F. (2014) Modelling stormwater management options for enhancing water quality of urban streams.https://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/handle/10092/9913.
  • Charters, F., O’Sullivan, A.D., Cochrane, T. (2014) Modelling Stormwater Contaminant Loads in Older Urban Catchments: Effects of Climate Influences on Selecting Management Options. https://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/handle/10092/10946.
  • Charters, F., Cochrane, T. A., & O'Sullivan, A. (2014). Modelling stormwater management options for enhancing water quality of urban streams. In Proceedings (pp. 10pp). Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Charters, F., O’Sullivan, A.D., Cochrane, T. (2014) Modelling Stormwater Contaminant Loads in Older Urban Catchments: Effects of Climate Influences on Selecting Management Options. https://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/handle/10092/10946.
  • Charters, F. J., Cochrane, T. A., & O'Sullivan, A. D. (2015). Particle size distribution variance in untreated urban runoff and its implication on treatment selection. Water Research, 85, 337-345. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2015.08.029.
  • Charters, F. J., Cochrane, T. A., & O'Sullivan, A. D. (2016). Untreated runoff quality from roof and road surfaces in a low intensity rainfall climate. Science of the Total Environment, 550, 265-272. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.01.093
  • Cochrane, T. A., Wicke, D., O’Sullivan, A. (2011) Developing a public information and engagement portal of urban waterways with real-time monitoring and modelling. Water Science & Technology. 63.2. 238-254 http://www.urbanwaterways.info/files/documents/WST_2011_043_Monitoring%20system_without%20cover%20page.pdf.
  • Fraga, I., Charters, F. J., O'Sullivan, A. D., & Cochrane, T. A. (2016). A novel modelling framework to prioritize estimation of non-point source pollution parameters for quantifying pollutant origin and discharge in urban catchments. Journal of Environmental Management, 167, 75-84. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.11.003.
  • Harding, J.S., Neumegen, R.E and Smith, I.L. (2005). Spiders, culverts and urban streams. Freshwater Ecology Newsletter September (PDF 209KB). http://www.biol.canterbury.ac.nz/people/harding/Harding%20J.S.%20Neumegan%20Smith%202005.pdf
  • Harding J.S. Jellyman P. (2015). Earthquakes, liquefaction and the response of urban stream communities. NZJMFR 49(3): 346-355.
  • Hewson, K.I.; O’Brien, L.K.; Barker, R.M.; Weston, J.G. (2006), Restoring the waterways of the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Pp 205-218 in W.L. Filho; D. Carpenter (eds.) Sustainability in the Australasian University Context. Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability volume 22. Peter Lang Publishing Group, Frankfurt, Germany.
  • O’Sullivan, A.D., Wicke, D., Cochrane, T. (2010) Geospatially web-interfaced telemetric monitoring system to track contaminant transport. https://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/handle/10092/9913
  • O'Sullivan, A., Wicke, D., & Cochrane, T. (2012). Heavy metal contamination in an urban stream fed by contaminated air-conditioning and stormwater discharges. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 19(3), 903-911. doi:10.1007/s11356-011-0639-5.
  • Wicke, D, O’Sullivan, A.D., Cochrane, T., (2009) Environmental CSI of the Okeover stream in Christchurch. https://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/handle/10092/3737.
  • Wicke, D, Cochrane, T. O’Sullivan, A., Hutchison, J., Funnell, E., (2009) Developing a rainfall contaminant relationship model for Christchurch Urban Catchments. http://www.urbanwaterways.info/files/documents/NZWWA_final%20paper_Daniel%20Wicke.pdf.
  • Wicke, D, Cochrane, T, O’Sullivan (2010) Contaminant Sources, Transport and Fate in Stormwater Runoff in Christchurch. http://www.urbanwaterways.info/files/documents/5a011.pdf.
  • Wicke, D. Cochrane, T, O’Sullivan (2010) An Innovative Method for Spatial Quantification of Contaminant Buildup and Wash-off from Impermeable Urban Surfaces. https://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/handle/10092/4137.
  • Wicke, D., Cochrane, T. A., & O'Sullivan, A. D. (2012). Atmospheric deposition and storm induced runoff of heavy metals from different impermeable urban surfaces. Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 14(1), 209-216. doi:10.1039/c1em10643k.
  • Wicke, D., Cochrane, T. A., & O'Sullivan, A. (2012). Build-up dynamics of heavy metals deposited on impermeable urban surfaces. Journal of Environmental Management, 113, 347-354. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.09.005.
  • Wicke, D., Cochrane, T. A., O'Sullivan, A. D., Cave, S., & Derksen, M. (2014). Effect of age and rainfall pH on contaminant yields from metal roofs. Water Science and Technology, 69(10), 2166-2173. doi:10.2166/wst.2014.124
  • Winterbourn M.J., Harding J.S. and McIntosh A.R. (2007). Response of the benthic fauna of an urban stream during six years of restoration. New Zealand Natural Sciences 32: 1-12.

Technical reports and posters

  • Barr, E. and Webster-Brown, J. (2016) Fluctuations in the flow of artesian springs in Christchurch, Summer Scholarship Report, WCFM Report 2016-003. http://www.waterways.ac.nz/documents/Technical%20reports/WCFM%20TR%202016%20003%20Flucuations%20in%20the%20flow%20of%20artesian%20springs.pdf.
  • Blakely, T.J., Harding J.S. and McIntosh A. (2003). Impacts of urbanization on Okeover Stream, Christchurch. Freshwater Ecology Research Group, Department of Zoology, University of Canterbury, Christchurch.
  • Blakely, T.J. & Harding, J.S. (2004), Restoring Okeover Stream poster Freshwater Ecology Research Group, School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury, Christchurch. Poster available online.
  • Blakely, T., Harding, J. and McIntosh, A. (2004), Road culverts poster - unrecognised barriers to upstream caddisfly dispersal (PDF, 895 KB). Freshwater Ecology Research Group, School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury, Christchurch. Poster available online.
  • Brown., A. M., Scouller., J.M. (2014), Continuous water quality monitoring in urban waterways. Final Year Project. Dept. Of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury. Project Supervisor: Cochrane, T.A.
  • Cottam, D. (1999), The importance of riparian cover and allochthonous inputs for the biological health of Christchurch waterways. Unpublished Master of Science thesis, University of Canterbury, Christchurch.
  • Farrant, S. (2006), Contaminant characterisation of stormwater discharge into Okeover Stream and treatment recommendations. Unpublished report for ENNR 429 Natural Resources Engineering Project, Civil Engineering, University of Canterbury.
  • Kainamu, A (2013) An assessment of the value and feasibility of Mahinga Kai at UC (PDF, 1.3MB) (UC Sustainability Summer Scholarship Project).
  • Knight, G. (2005) Upper Okeover Stream Catchment Project. Unpublished report for GEOG 451, Department of Geography, University of Canterbury.
  • Nelson, C.J.O. (2000), Management of low flows in the Okeover Stream, Unpublished Environmental Engineering Project, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • O'Brien, L.K. (2003), Developing the Fauna and Flora of Okeover Stream. Waterways & Wetlands Team, Water Services Unit, Christchurch City Council, Christchurch.
  • Powell, T and Lieu, H (2014) Monitoring and modelling stormwater networks of the UC campus: A Data Collection System to Callibrate the MEDUSA model for the Okeover Stream Catchment (PDF, 1.25MB) (UC Sustainability Summer Scholarship Project).
  • Scott, N. (2010) Whose stream is it anyway? Community identification in Okeover Stream, Canterbury (PDF 1.2MB) (UC Sustainability Summer Scholarship Project).
  • Setiawan, I., Jenkins, B., Morgan, L (2017) Investigations into the drying reaches of the Avon river (in press).
  • Stern, S. J., Broughton, L. J. (2016) “Hydrologic and hydraulic Modelling of the Okeover Stream Catchment” Poster. Project Supervisors.
  • Taffs, E. (2007), Quantifying Stormwater Contaminants in Water and Sediments in the Okeover Stream, Christchurch. Natural Resources Engineering Group, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Canterbury.
  • Welsh, S. (2005) GIS Creation of the Okeover Stream Headwaters Section. Unpublished report for GEOG 451, Department of Geography, University of Canterbury.

Presentations and conference proceedings

  • Charters, F., O'Sullivan, A., & Cochrane, T. (2014). Modelling Stormwater Contaminant Loads in Older Urban Catchments: Effects of Climate Influences on Selecting Management Options. In Proceedings (pp. 10pp). Sarawak, Malaysia.
  • Charters, F., Cochrane, T. A., & O'Sullivan, A. (2016). Modelling Sediment and Heavy Metals Loads in Stormwater from Different Impermeable Urban Surfaces. In WaterNZ Modelling Symposium. Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Charters, F. J., Cochrane, T. A., & O'Sullivan, A. D. (2016). Characterising urban zinc generation to identify surface pollutant hotspots in a low intensity rainfall climate. In World Water Congress and Exibition. Brisbane, Australia.
  • Charters, F. J., Cochrane, T. A., & O'SullivAn, A. D. (2016). Predicting event-based stormwater contaminant loads from individual urban surfaces. In Water New Zealand Stormwater Conference. Nelson, New Zealand.
  • Hewson, K., Barker, R. (2007) Introduction to UC Waterways Project Urban waterways forum (PDF, 4 MB), University of Canterbury 13 February 2007.
  • Thin, J (2007) Water at the University of Canterbury a brief historical overview (PDF, 1.1 MB) Urban Waterways Forum, University of Canterbury,13 February 2007.
  • Farrant, S., Taffs, E., O'Sullivan., A (2007) Quantifying stormwater contaminants into Okeover Stream (PDF, 163 KB) Urban Waterways Forum, University of Canterbury 13 February 2007.
  • Harding, J (2007) What do we know about the ecology of campus waterways? (PDF, 887 KB) Urban Waterways Forum, University of Canterbury 13 February 2007.
  • McIntosh, A (2007) Where to from here and how? Factors influencing ecosystem rehabilitation - (PDF, 252 KB) Urban Waterways Forum, University of Canterbury 13 February 2007.
  • O’Brien, L.K., Barker, R. (2005), Restoring in-stream values and habitat for Canterbury mudfish in Okeover Stream, Christchurch. Pp 180-188 in Dawson, M. (ed.), Greening the City: Bringing biodiversity back into the urban environment. Proceedings of Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture conference in Christchurch, 21 – 24 October, 2003.
    http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/publications.htm#Greening_the_city
    http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/AbstractOBrienBarker.htm.