Freshwater quality and quantity limits project

The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management requires the Regional Council to set new objectives, policies and limits for rivers, streams and groundwater aquifers. This relates to both water quality and quantity.

Project 2 involves the setting and implementation of new objectives and limits for Kaituna rivers, streams and groundwater aquifers. This is an existing project, led by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and informed by the Kaituna Maketu Freshwater Community Group. A number of representatives of Te Maru o Kaituna are part of this group.

Project 2 will result in a change to the Bay of Plenty Regional Natural Resources Plan (Plan Change 12). This plan change will result in new freshwater objectives, policies and rules specifically for the Kaituna, Pongakawa and Waitahanui Catchments.

Plan Change 12 is the primary regulatory mechanism for addressing matters such as nutrient loss and water allocation within the catchment. It will also recognise and provide for the vision, objectives, and desired outcomes of the Kaituna River Document. For this reason, progressing with this plan change is a priority project for Te Maru o Kaituna.

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