Surface water

Data for surface water

Surface water is monitored in the Northern Territory (NT), especially in areas of development where water extraction needs to be managed to prevent negative environmental impact.

Surface water data of streams and rivers can be collected as one-off (discrete) measurements. It can also be collected continuously by gauging stations.

Gauging stations collect water level, flow, and rainfall data, but can also collect discrete water quality data.

Currently there are around 160 operating gauging stations in the NT. 

Since the mid-1960s an additional 350 gauging stations were also operated, but these are no longer monitored. 

You can get data from current and historic water gauging sites on the Department of Land Resource Management's water data portal.

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Last updated: 17 March 2016

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