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Since its inception the Lower Waitaki - South Coastal Canterbury Zone Committee has had briefings from technical experts, a number of field trips around the district, and meetings with a wide range of stakeholders to gauge the range of views on water management issues.
The goal of the zone committee is to develop a programme of water management recommendations to councils.
In late October 2011 members of the public were invited to attend community meetings around the zone to share their feedback on the draft ZIP.
Prior to this the committee also held a number of community meetings to get feedback on its priority areas for water management in the zone, which fed in to the draft ZIP.
At its first meeting for 2012 the zone committee finalised its ZIP and presented it to councils to be endorsed as the basis for the design and realignment of council work and planning programmes for freshwater.
The ZIP provides around 50 recommendations to councils and other stakeholders to provide future generations with the greatest environmental, cultural, social and economic benefits from the region's water.
The recommendations are focussed around six key priority areas; water quality and nutrient management, reliability of supply, Waitaki Catchment Water Allocation regional Plan, Wainono lagoon and catchment, Hakataramea catchment needs, and biodiversity protection.
The comittee is now focussed on progressing the on-the-ground actions outlined in its ZIP.
Recently the committee has been considering the Waihao Wainono Flow and Allocation Regime that will form part of the Waitaki sub-regional chapter of the Land and Water Regional Plan.
Two meetings are being held in mid-May for South Coastal Canterbury residents to hear how water management limits will be set in the zone, and how they can be involved.
The meetings will specifically focus on water quality and quantity limits within the South Canterbury Coastal Streams area - between the Otaio River in the north, and Morven Drain in the south. The western boundary is the Waihao River catchment in the Hunters Hills, and the eastern boundary is the Pacific Ocean.
The meetings reflect the Lower Waitaki – South Coastal Canterbury Zone Committee’s recent focus on developing recommendations on limits for the Waitaki sub-regional section of Environment Canterbury’s proposed Land & Water Regional Plan (pLWRP).
The proposed LWRP provides the framework to facilitate delivery of the community’s aspirations for water management – as set out in the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS).
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LW Water Use - 15 Nov 2012 (616 KB)
Overview of Current Environment - 15 Nov 2012 (2.6 MB)
Lower Waitaki-South Coastal Canterbury Zone Committee information sheet - June 2012 (2 MB)
Canterbury Water Management Strategy (3.28MB)
Lower Waitaki South Coastal Canterbury ZIP (pdf 2 MB)
Current Environment (PDF 2.5MB)
Lower Waitaki Water use (pdf 1MB)
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