The Ashburton Zone Committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
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By using existing irrigation infrastructure local landowners have been able to keep Greenstreet’s Spring Creek alive despite the ongoing dry conditions. “If the creek dries out everything in it dies and it takes years to recover, as happened a number of years
ago,” said local farmer Peter Etheridge. Peter Etheridge says no-one wanted to see the creek go dry which was likely to happen as a result of the lack of rain and low river levels.
The dry conditions have meant that the Greenstreet irrigation scheme is on complete restrictions – it can’t take water. Mr Etheridge – in conjunction with Greenstreet Irrigation chairman Lyndon Webb – rang Environment Canterbury to ask what could be done. Read more...
The Ashburton Zone Committee has been working closely with the community to develop water quality and quantity limits for the Hinds Plains area.
These limits are in an addendum to the committee’s ZIP, which was developed to deliver the community’s aspirations for fresh-water use. The ZIP Addendum has been accepted by Environment Canterbury and the Ashburton District Council. These limits outlined in the Addendum will be incorporated in a sub-regional section of the LWRP.
For a copy of the Addendum click here
For further reading on the Hinds Plains Plan click here
The working party is chaired by local farmer Peter Lowe, and a core task of the group is to assist the Ashburton Zone Committee to develop recommendations on minimum flows and surface water allocation for the water bodies in the lower Hinds Plains by December 2015.
The working party is also investigating options such as managed aquifer recharge and hopes to work with Ashbuton District Council as it investigates more effiecient ways of delivering stock water to users
For the Terms of Reference, meeting minutes, maps and graphs click here
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Canterbury Water Management Strategy (pdf 3.28 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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