The Ashburton Zone Committee meets every fourth Tuesday of each month.
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Landowners are being offered help in planting and riverbank works in three streams in the Ashburton area so scientists can study how this improves waterway health.
Ashburton water management zone committee chair Donna Field said $38,500 from Environment Canterbury’s Immediate Steps fund would help pay for site preparation, locally sourced native plantings, bank re-shaping (to reduce erosion) as well as ongoing maintenance in the three streams. In the Ashburton zone around $300,000 has been allocated across 20 Immediate Steps projects, including these three. Read more...
The Ashburton Zone Committee has been working closely with the community to develop water quality and quantity limits for the Hinds Plains area.
These limits are in an addendum to the committee’s ZIP, which was developed to deliver the community’s aspirations for fresh-water use. The ZIP Addendum has been accepted by Environment Canterbury and the Ashburton District Council. These limits outlined in the Addendum will be incorporated in a sub-regional section of the LWRP.
For a copy of the Addendum click here
For further reading on the Hinds Plains Plan click here
The working party is chaired by local farmer Peter Lowe, and a core task of the group is 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 by December 2015.
The working party is also investigating options such as managed aquifer recharge and hopes to work with Ashbuton District Council as it investigates more effiecient ways of delivering stock water to users
For the Terms of Reference, meeting minutes, maps and graphs click here
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Canterbury Water Management Strategy (pdf 3.28 MB)
Ashburton Water Management Zone - Update of regulation requirements for water takes of 20 l/s or more (May 2013) (pdf 229 kB)
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