The Natural Resources Regional Plan became operative on 11 June 2011 and introduced new policies and rules controlling discharges to water and disturbance of the bed by livestock. The following summarises the key provisions.
From 11 June 2011 livestock access to a river, lake or wetland is allowed without resource consent provided the livestock:
From 11 June 2012 the following prohibitions apply:
The NRRP Chapter 4 Water quality policy and rule controlling discharges and disturbance are: Policy WQL5.1 (page 4-51) and Rule WQL21 (page 4-160)
Failure to comply with the new rules around livestock access to waterways could result in an abatement notice or an enforcement order being issued by Environment Canterbury.
Limiting livestock access to waterways is a good option and may require new permanent or temporary fences, and new bridges or culverts for stock crossings.
Changing stock management techniques may also be needed, including restricting access to stock water points on rivers, lakes and wetlands.
Reticulated stock water systems may also be required. For more information on how to manage streams and waterways, visit: Farming Advice and Information.
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