Central South Island


Central South Island

Deep Creek Diversion

Deep Creek (Updated)

Inspection 09/08/2014 shows 1/4 of the flow now going down the diversion...

Updated info here: Deep Creek

One of our iconic Canterbury Spring creeks sadly had an illegal diversion applied to it some time ago. This issue was first raised in early 2012. With the requirement of a resource consent, uncertainty of the cost, and on-going conservation priorities, has meant that the issue still lays unresolved today


Deep Creek Rangitata

Above clearly shows the diversion. Previously only a small amount of water did run down the right hand side stream with most of the flow following the natural left hand channel.

The diversion bank itself has been removed with shovels by F&G staff and local help, however erosion had increased the size of the channel to beyond what can be fixed with shovels alone. Much of the flow continues down the diversion and the risk is that with erosion more and more will do so.

The effect of the diversion is a reduction of flow in the natural channel reducing salmon spawning area and trout habitat which has diminished fishing opportunities in this fabulous back country stream. The new channel holds little fisheries value as it is narrow and fast flowing over much of it's length.

Future Rivers would like to provide the funding to allow this to be resolved and is looking into gaining a resource consent for the work required to make this repair project happen as funding allows.

Deep Creek Rangitata

River Control Work Ashburton Trib.

Ashburton River Network

Flood control work is an important work program designed to protect valuable infrustructure, farmland etc.

However, does it need to be at the expense of our recreational fisheries, can it be managed in a way that lessens the impact?

The picture opposite shows where a corner pool has been filled with gravel in a great little fishery..... Read more