New freshwater measures will improve Central Otago rivers and lakes

Columns
Monday, February 22, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she welcomed new national measures which will improve the management of Central Otago’s rivers, lakes and aquifers.

“Announced at the weekend’s Bluegreens Forum in Tekapo, which I attended, the next steps in freshwater management across New Zealand will have huge benefits for the Central Otago region.

“This is all about developing a realistic programme of improved management and tighter regulations that will get water quality onto an improving path.

“It’s not about targeting farmers - many have made great progress in fencing nearly 24,000 Km of waterways across NZ, but it is now time for regulation to bring the stragglers into line.

“We have plenty of freshwater in Central Otago, but changes are needed to better manage its quality and improve the efficiency of use.

“Our consultation document contains 23 initiatives which include national regulations to get stock out of waterways, strengthening the national requirement on councils to set limits and standardising water permit conditions on efficient use of water and minimising nutrient loss.

“It’s in our best interests to protect and preserve our freshwater assets and I’m hopeful that everyone within the Central Otago community will commit to this process, working together to ensure that we improve management of our precious local resources.”

 

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru