With historical use and development, the ecological and biodiversity values of Canterbury’s braided rivers have deteriorated over time. Their ecosystems and habitats are threatened by weeds and predators, land use change, river control works, low flows due to water takes, and damage through recreational activities.
Under the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS), goals were set to help make a difference to our environment and how natural resources are managed. Environment Canterbury repor…
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With historical use and development, the ecological and biodiversity values of Canterbury’s braided rivers have deteriorated over time. Their ecosystems and habitats are threatened by weeds and predators, land use change, river control works, low flows due to water takes, and damage through recreational activities.https://www.ecan.govt.nz/your-region/your-environment/water/measuring-cwms-progress/natural-character-of-braided-rivers/
We set a number of rules relating to the storage, application and disposal of waste and hazardous substances in Canterbury.https://www.ecan.govt.nz/your-region/your-environment/waste-and-hazardous-substances/policy-and-regulation/
Our rules are guided by several pieces of national strategy and legislation, listed below, which outline local government and central government responsibilities.
Many of Environment Canterbury's rules relate to permitted activities, which means you don't need a resource consent as long as you meet certain conditions.
Whether it is a permitted activity or it ne…
Find out more about why we decided not to appeal the Court of Appeal’s water bottling decision.https://www.ecan.govt.nz/get-involved/news-and-events/2022/environment-canterbury-wont-appeal-water-bottling-decision/
We play a significant role in ensuring a thriving and resilient Canterbury region based on a natural environment that supports cultural, physical and economic wellbeing for all.https://www.ecan.govt.nz/about/your-council/about-us/our-work/biodiversity-and-biosecurity/
There are five work programmes in this portfolio:
Leading and partnering for biodiversity outcomes
Regional pest management
Priority habitats and wetland protection
Braided River Revival/Whakahaumanu Ngā Awa ā Pākihi
Me Uru Rākau.
Leading and partnering for biodiversity outcomes
Working with others on a shared r…
Increasing reliability for irrigated areas requires progress to be made in water management at farm and scheme level. The goals for irrigated area and reliability will be refined through:https://www.ecan.govt.nz/your-region/your-environment/water/measuring-cwms-progress/irrigated-land-area/
the regional storage plan and zone implementation programmes
more definite location-specific knowledge on the potential for efficiency improvements
testing infrastructure proposals against the fundamental principles
setting environmental limits
refining financial viability and funding mechanisms.
Under the Ca…
Recent media coverage of the Five Star Beef feedlot in Ashburton raised issues around compliance monitoring of the operation’s resource consents.https://www.ecan.govt.nz/get-involved/news-and-events/2018/five-star-beef-feedlot/
We have a legal responsibility under the Local Government Act 2002, the Resource Management Act 1991 and within the resource consent process to take account of tangata whenua with regard to the management of natural resources. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is the statutory authority representing iwi members and includes ten local rūnanga within Canterbury, known as Papatipu Rūnanga.https://www.ecan.govt.nz/do-it-online/resource-consents/understanding-consents/consultation/ngai-tahu-and-the-consent-process/
If you have any queries about Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Papatipu Rūnanga within the resource consent process, including…
Find out more about wetlands on your property and how you can help to protect them.https://www.ecan.govt.nz/get-involved/news-and-events/2019/wetlands-mapping-whats-the-story/
The quality and quantity of drinking water supplies depends on the management of point sources and non-point sources of contaminants in drinking water supply catchments and aquifers, land-use in the catchment or recharge area and on the treatment provided by the territorial authority.https://www.ecan.govt.nz/your-region/your-environment/water/measuring-cwms-progress/drinking-water/
Under the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS), goals were set to help make a difference to our environment and how natural resources are managed. Environment Canterbury reports on progress on behalf of CWM…
Consents from Environment Canterbury and the Mackenzie District Council are now in place for Simons Pass Station to begin irrigating a portion of its land.https://www.ecan.govt.nz/get-involved/news-and-events/2018/simons-pass-consents-lead-to-stricter-environmental-controls-in-the-mackenzie/