The Selwyn-Waihora Zone Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month.
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The Selwyn-Waihora Zone Committee was established in October 2010 to develop local water management recommendations to give effect to the goals of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS).
The committee developed priority outcomes for water management and these were reflected in its water management Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP), which was developed with the community.
The ZIP outlines the actions, responsibilities and timeframes for activities to achieve the principles, targets, and goals set out in the CWMS.
In in early 2012 the final Selwyn-Waihora ZIP was formally endorsed by Environment Canterbury and the Selwyn District Council as the basis for water work programmes and for drafting regional plans.
More recently, the focus for the committee has been on water quality limit setting processes in the zone. The zone committee is required to make recommendations to Environment Canterbury covering minimum flows, water allocation and nutrient load limits.
These limits will become part of a Selwyn-Waihora sub-regional chapter in Environment Canterbury's proposed Land and Water Regional Plan, due to become operative in early 2014. The Selwyn-Waihora catchment limits will replace the Plan's interim regional limits.
By building its understanding of limits (via scenario testing), the committee will be able to make technically and socially informed recommendations on limits. The underpinning assumptions of the scenarios being tested can be found here.
At its December meeting, the last for 2013, the committee held a joint meeting with the Banks Peninsula Zone Committee to discuss synergies with the two committees as well as farm plans and sub-regional planning process.
Canterbury Water Management Strategy (pdf 3.28 MB)
Selwyn Waihora ZIP (pdf 2.40 MB)
Selwyn-Waihora ZIP addendum (1 MB)
Selwyn–Waihora Water Management Zone - Update of regulation requirements for water takes of 20 l/s or more (May 2013) (pdf 231 kB)
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