The Ashburton Zone Committee meets every fourth Tuesday of each month.
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19 December 2013: Ashburton Committee appoints new community member
19 July 2013: Ashburton Zone Committee meeting
29 April 2013: Ashburton Zone Committee meeting
The Ashburton Zone Committee finalised its water management Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP) in mid-2011.
This followed an extensive programme of community and stakeholder engagement to gauge the range of views on local water management issues.
The ZIP outlines the actions, responsibilities and timeframes for activities to achieve the principles, targets, and goals set out in the CWMS.
It has been endorsed by councils as the basis for the design and realignment of water management work programmes.
The committee is now focussed on working with Ashburton District Council and Environment Canterbury staff to implement the recommendations made in the ZIP.
In particular, it has been focussed on water quality and the Hinds–Rangitata sub-regional plan to be included in Environment Canterbury's proposed Land and Water Regional Plan (LWRP).
A critical step in the process is for the committee to work with the community to determine environmental, social, cultural and economic outcomes for the Hinds–Rangitata area. A series of community and stakeholder meetings will be held during the year.
Other water management issues the committee has been considering include the long-term issue of groundwater and drinking water quality.
At its November meeting, the last for 2013, the commtitee also approved around $47,000 of Immediate Steps funding for four biodiversity projects.
Last year the Ashburton Zone Committee went on a field trip to meet with Greenstreet Irrigation Society to discuss water management issues.
The intention of the field trip was to build a relationship with the irrigators and discuss the implications of the committee's recommendations on the Ashburton Flow Plan.
The Greenstreet Irrigation scheme is a significant user of water in the zone with a groundwater take of around one cumec used to irrigate four hectares of land.
Following completion of the Ashburton Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP) the zone committee has continued to work closely with Environment Canterbury to progress the Ashburton Flow Plan.
Committee members have worked with planners to identify tools and options that could deliver on the outcomes in the ZIP, and to make recommendations for inclusion in the Plan.
This is happening within the context of the development of the Land and Water Plan, which was notified in August 2012 (that will replace the NRRP), that will include this river plan as an Ashburton sub-regional chapter.
Canterbury Water Management Strategy (pdf 3.28 MB)
Ashburton ZIP (pdf 2.42 MB)
Ashburton Water Management Zone - Update of regulation requirements for water takes of 20 l/s or more (May 2013) (pdf 229 kB)
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