National Industry Guidelines for hydrometric monitoring

Updated: 28 February 2019

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This series of ten National Industry Guidelines covers activities relating to surface water level, discharge and water quality monitoring, groundwater level and water quality monitoring and rainfall monitoring.

They contain high level guidance and targets, and present non-mandatory Australian industry recommended practice.

The Water Monitoring Standardisation Technical Committee endorsed updated guidelines in December 2018, following a five–yearly review process. The review updated the currency and relevance of the guidelines and added more detailed guidance for groundwater monitoring.

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Title Designation Status Publication date Supersedes

NI GL 100 00–2019 Current Feb 2019 WISBF GL 100.00–2013
Primary measured data

NI GL 100 01–2019 Current Feb 2019 WISBF GL 100.01–2013
Site establishment and operations

NI GL 100 02–2019 Current Feb 2019 WISBF GL 100 02–2013
Instrument and measurement systems management

NI GL 100 03–2019 Current Feb 2019 WISBF GL 100.03–2013
Gauging (stationary velocity area method)

NI GL 100 04–2019 Current Feb 2019 WISBF GL 100.04–2013
Data editing, estimation and management

NI GL 100 05–2019 Current Feb 2019 WISBF GL 100.05–2013
Stream discharge relationship development and maintenance

NI GL 100 06–2019 Current Feb 2019 WISBF GL 100.06–2013

NI GL 100 07–2019 Current Feb 2019 WISBF GL 100.07–2013
Application of acoustic Doppler current profilers to measure discharge in open channels

NI GL 100 08–2019 Current Feb 2019 WISBF GL 100.08–2013
Application of in-situ point acoustic Doppler velocity meters for determining velocity in open channels

NI GL 100 09–2019 Current Feb 2019 WISBF GL 100.09–2013
Application of point acoustic Doppler velocity meters for determining discharge in open channels

NI GL 100 10–2019 Current Feb 2019 WISBF GL 100.10–2013
ADCP Measurement field sheet and quality matrix – pdf form (367KB)

(Matrix appears in Appendix C of NI GL 100 08–2019) Current Feb 2019 N/A

* You can access superseded guidelines here.

The guideline glossary is also published in the Australian Water Information Dictionary (AWID).

Refer to the Basis for Endorsement document for a summary of the context and benefit of these guidelines, and to learn more about how industry contributed to the guideline development and review.

Your feedback

The Water Monitoring Standardisation Technical Committee (WaMSTeC) encourages all users of endorsed guidelines to raise issues, comments, corrections or other feedback relating to guideline content, scope or application. Provide your feedback by emailing the Bureau. Please consider using the attached form to provide your comment.

Consultation is now closed on a new Part 11 of the guidelines, on Application of Surface Velocity Methods for Velocity and Open Channel Discharge Measurements.

Access the draft guideline here.

Governance of the guidelines

The National Industry Guidelines for hydrometric monitoring are living documents. WaMSTeC is accountable for ongoing governance of these guidelines and they are subject to periodic review through WaMSTeC at intervals of no greater than five years. The purpose of the periodic review is to ensure that the endorsed guideline continues to meet all stated requirements, remains technically sound and is up to date with technological advancements.

For more information on these National Industry Guidelines please contact the Bureau.

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