Work in this portfolio covers monitoring of our freshwater resource for quality and quantity and implementing the rules (through the Resource Management Act framework) that are in place to maintain or improve these measures.
A precious resource
Our freshwater resource includes the region's surface water and groundwater resources (i.e. rivers, streams and other waterways, as well as aquifers).
Our activities include the work in the local ‘zones’
to develop and implement rules and practical tools to address quality and quantity issues eg potential pollution from farm activities through farmers having the best practices on-farm, and urban campaigns around what is washed into the stormwater system.
Collaboration is key
This is arguably our most complex portfolio, involving the Papatipu Rūnanga across the region and many external agencies from industry bodies to scientific institutes, as well as considerable community input.
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