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Natural Resources Regional Plan Chapter 6 - Beds of Lakes and Rivers 

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The beds of lakes and rivers are valuable elements of the Canterbury landscape. They are components of larger dynamic natural systems that, due to their form and behaviour, are subject to change in response to natural events including the transportation and deposition of sediment.

Chapter 6 of the Natural Resources Regional Plan (NRRP) covers land use within the beds and margins of lakes and rivers, for the purpose of addressing aspects of Environment Canterbury’s functions under the RMA. Activities addressed within this chapter of the NRRP closely reflect those activities addressed within section 13 of the RMA and include: 


  • The placement, use, alteration or removal of structures;
  • Excavation, drilling or tunnelling; 
  • The introduction, planting or removal of any plant; 
  • Deposition, reclamation or drainage;
  • The effects of the use of recreational or commercial machinery. 
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