Managing our waterways is an important task and we take great care and responsibility to ensure they can be enjoyed by all. We must balance the Region’s desire to use water resources with a responsibility to ensure they can sustain our recreational use and the inhabitants of the waterways.
Current water management is through the One Plan (Horizons’ combined regional policy statement, Regional Plan and Coastal Plan).
All Regional Councils and Unitary Authorities across New Zealand contribute towards Land Air Water Aotearoa (LAWA). This is a national platfom where currently all of our water data feeds into, so the general public are able to access the status of each body of water around the country and compare the quality between different regions. In addition to viewing the status of water bodies, members of the public are also able to view information and data regarding water-related consents. LAWA originally held information regarding just rivers, which then expanded to include all water types and is now expanding to include air quality information which is set for release in May 2016.