We are developing a Freshwater Plan to help manage the availability and quality of freshwater in the Gisborne region.
We recently asked for feedback on the work that had been completed so far on the freshwater discussion document.
Submissions closed February 2014 - 40 written submissions were received.
We've summarised those submissions, including comments made at the public meetings.
Read the Freshwater consultation feedback (600kb)
The management of freshwater resources has had significant attention at both a national and regional level. The government’s freshwater reforms together with reports published by the Land and Water Forum are providing councils with directions and guidelines for managing water.
We have a Fresh Water Advisory Group (FWAG) this group is made up of representatives from various community interests. They have been meeting regularly to guide the development of a new Freshwater Plan in a collaborative way.
Freshwater plan development in New Zealand is guided by the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011 (NPS).
The National Policy Statement is part of a series of reforms to improve freshwater management at the national level. It requires Council to develop a plan for managing freshwater that includes objectives, water quality standards and water allocation limits.
The NPS requires Council to:
The government has since proposed amendments to the NPS 2011 - see Ministry for the Environment's website
As part of the plan development, a series of catchment management plans are being developed. The first catchment management plan to be developed will be for the Waipaoa catchment, which will include the setting of water quantity and water quality limits. The Waipaoa catchment has been selected due to data availability and the number of values the catchment possesses.
All reports relating to the development of the Freshwater Management Plan can be read on the Freshwater reports page
The Ministry for the Environment's video explains why it's necessary for us to prepare a Freshwater Plan for our region.