River foreshore condition of the left bank, assessed and classed using the Pen-Scott classification method.
The Pen-Scott method is a standardised rating technique that classifies foreshore areas along a gradient from pristine (A grade) through to D grade, connoting a ditch. The four grades are further divided into three sub-categories per grade, i.e. A1, A2 and A3.
A2: Near pristine
A3: Slightly disturbed
B1: Degraded – weed infested
B2: Degraded – heavily weed infested
B3: Degraded – weed dominated
C1: Erosion prone
C2: Soil exposed
D1: Ditch - eroding
D2: Ditch – feely eroding
D3: Drain – weed dominated
See specific reports for more information and pictorial examples. See Pen, L.J. and Scott, M. (1995) Stream foreshore assessment in farming areas. Blackwood Catchment Coordinating Group and Water and Rivers Commission (1999) River Restoration Reports No. RR2 and RR3 for foreshore condition assessment methods.
Left and right bank are relative to an observer facing downstream.
While the dataset has been prepared by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, it contains information from State and federally funded foreshore assessment projects conducted at different times by Natural Resource Management groups with support from DWER regional offices. It should be noted that for any given location, the data provides a ‘snapshot’ of the attributes recorded at one specific time. Any information or representation expressed or implied in this database is made in good faith and on the basis that the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and its employees are not liable for any damage or loss whatsoever which may occur as a result of action taken or not taken, as the case may be in respect of any information or representation referred to herein. Professional advice should be obtained to verify the information contained in this database before applying to particular circumstances. The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation accepts no responsibility for collecting or updating this data but some known errors are being addressed.
This dataset was formally known as Foreshore Conditions - Left Bank Condition (DOW-048)