On March 9 around 80 people attended a meeting in Pleasant Point to be updated on water infrastructure and demand in South Canterbury. Since then there has been continued activity as people meet to share information and discuss options around water use and demand.
Alpine Water Solutions (AWS) led by Brent Isbister met with Brian Ellwood from Hunter Downs as well as Ben Scott and Johnny McFarlane from Beca. Also in attendance were Mark Mulligan from the Orari Water Users Group, and David Henshaw and Dermott O’Sullivan as trustees of Aoraki Water Trust along with Tony McCormick from Opuha Water Limited.
The meeting was a preliminary desktop discussion regarding possible demand for irrigation water within the region that is not being covered by Hunter Downs, Opuha or Rangitata South. This information is important to inform the current IAF supported OOP Zone Water Resource Study. Read more...
The Regional Zone Committee has been getting through a huge volume of work as committee members work to understand the key regional issues for water management in Canterbury.
The Regional Implementation Programme (RIP) was prepared by the Regional Committee following an engagement process including public and stakeholder meetings, and feedback from people and organisations with an interest in water management. Environment Canterbury received and endorsed the Regional Implementation Programme at its council meeting on 31 May 2012.
The RIP identifies four priority areas which need to be addressed at a regional level to meet the targets in the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS):
The Regional Committee has working groups, which report back to the full committee, to look into these priority areas. A Recreational Amenity Working Group has also been established.
Climate change projections (NIWA Brett Mullan) presentation to Regional Committee 14 June 2016 (pdf 3MB)
Regional Committee Annual Report for 2015
Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity Expectations of Infrastructure 30 January 2015
Canterbury Water Management Strategy (pdf 3.28 MB)
Water measurement in Canterbury - Update of regulation requirements for water takes of 20 l/s or more (May 2013) (pdf 216 kB)
Regional Implementation Programme Annex 1 - October 2014
Regional Implementation Programme (3.4 MB)
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