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The Ashburton Water Zone Committee has adopted community recommendations for improving water management in the Hinds Plains area.
The recommendations, developed by the Hinds Drains Working Party (HDWP), were presented to the zone committee in March, and officially adopted last week.
HDWP chairman Peter Lowe described the challenge of developing the recommendations as daunting at first, but was pleased with how the process developed.
“It was a considerable mix of people with different experience and outcomes but the opportunity to make a difference to this area we all pulled together and worked amazingly well. “We had a great opportunity to test the scientific information with local knowledge which gave us all confidence we were focusing on problems that needed attention,” he said.
Among the recommendations are amending rules in the Land and Water Regional Plan to provide more clarity to the implementation of Plan Change 2 (Hinds Plains) including support for Managed Aquifer Recharge and Targeted Stream Augmentation projects.
Recommendations also include providing guidance to landowners and drainage engineers regarding managing drains to improve habitats for native fish species, removing, where appropriate, fish barriers and improving habitat for sports fish and waterfowl; and continue to monitor water quality in the area. Read more...
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The working party was chaired by local farmer Peter Lowe, and a core task of the group was to assist the Ashburton Zone Committee to develop recommendations on minimum flows and surface water allocation for the water bodies in the lower Hinds Plains. The groups recommendations were accepted by the zone committee at its 26 April meeting.
The working party also investigated options such as managed aquifer recharge and a trial project is now underway.
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Canterbury Water Management Strategy (pdf 3.28 MB)
Ashburton River/Hakatere to Rakaia River Contract Report 2015 (3MB)
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