Why you should join a water zone committee
If you're passionate about the protection of Canterbury's precious water resource, now is the time to join your local water zone committee.
Nine of Canterbury’s 10 water zone committees are looking for new community members. Applications opened on 12 April and are closing on 10 May.
For more information on the application process, head to ecan.govt.nz/waiwecare.
What does a water zone committee do?
Water zone committees collaborate on land and water management solutions to deliver on the Canterbury Water Management Strategy vision, principles and targets in their geographical zone.
Committees are made up of people with a wide range of interests in water who have a strong connection to the zone. They meet monthly for formal public meetings, workshops or field trips.
They facilitate community engagement, provide advice to councils, and work with stakeholders to support and expand local water and biodiversity focused projects to make on-the-ground impacts in the zone. Water zone committees also create zone implementation programmes to create objectives for their catchment.
What kind of projects could I be involved with?
All zone committees support 'Immediate Steps' projects for Environment Canterbury to fund.
Immediate Steps is about achieving some quick wins, recognising that our natural ecosystems are the ‘lungs’ of the environment.
The programme covers the protection of endangered species and wahi taonga (sacred sites), as well as maintenance of Canterbury’s braided rivers, providing habitat for native flora and fauna, and protecting wetlands and other ecosystems.