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Upper Waitaki Water Zone Committee chair Barry Shepherd provides some insight into the complexities of managing water in the zone.
The Upper Waitaki Water Zone Committee shared their views on what needs to be done to alleviate the impact of freedom camping in the region at its meeting on May 26.
Both Mackenzie and Waitaki district councils have been reviewing their policies around Freedom Camping.
The Mackenzie District Council has sought feedback from the community on the issue, and led workshops with the Fairlie, Tekapo and Twizel community boards.
Meanwhile, the Waitaki District Council have hosted a series of focus groups on freedom camping.
Both councils are now seeking feedback from the zone committee which will be presented to the councils for consideration.
The potential impact of visitors on the recreational experience in the Upper Waitaki zone has been a focus for the zone committee.
As part of their role in seeking water management solutions for the zone, the committee had previously identified that managing the impact visitors had in the region was an important part of maintaining the recreational value of streams and rivers in the zone.
As a result, the zone committee championed a “Love your Lakes” education campaign which ran through the 2015/16 summer period. The campaign involved distributing stickers and posters around key tourism spots to encourage people to use the public toilets provided and take their rubbish with them.. Read more...
Over the last year the Upper Waitaki Zone Committee has been focused on developing water quality recommendations and on-the-ground actions to deliver the community’s aspirations for water management in the zone. Plan Change 5 Waitaki has been notified, and the committee held public meetings to explain the changes.
The committee is also making progress towards an integrated monitoring framework for the Waitaki, which will facilitate data sharing between the regional council and the community.
$90,000 has been committed to a preemptive weed control proposal which will see projects targeted at emergent weed threats to the biodiversity of the basin.
A report has been received and an action plan and funding discussed for improving the Willowburn Stream walk.
Upper Waitaki Zone Committee Annual Report for 2015
Overseer (pdf 2.16 MB)
Canterbury Water Management Strategy (pdf 3.28 MB)
Upper Waitaki ZIP (pdf 678 kB)
Upper Waitaki Management Zone - Update of regulation requirements for water takes of 20 l/s or more (May 2013) (pdf 229 kB)
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