NSW River Condition Index

The River Condition Index is the primary long-term reporting tool for assessing change in riverine condition. The index is used in state of the environment reporting.

The index was developed using the Framework Assessment of River & Wetland Health (FARWH) approach. This approach is based on a hierarchical model of river function. The FARWH recognises the effects of catchment disturbance, physical form of the landscape, hydrologic regime, water quality, fringing zone and aquatic biota as measures of river health. The FARWH method uses existing data collection activities across Australia. It converts them into a standardised and nationally comparable representation of river health.

The River Condition Index: method development & application provides a detailed explanation of the index.

A review of the River Condition Index is in development. We will update this web page upon completion of the review.