The Ashburton Zone Committee meets every fourth Tuesday of each month.
Read past agendas and minutes
24 March 2013: Ashburton Zone Committee meeting
19 December 2013: Ashburton Committee appoints new community member
19 July 2013: Ashburton Zone Committee meeting
The Ashburton Zone Committee finalised its Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP) in mid-2011 following an extensive community engagement.
The ZIP outlines the actions, responsibilities and time-frames for activities to achieve the principles, targets, and goals of the CWMS.
The committee is now focused on working with Ashburton District Council and Environment Canterbury staff to implement its recommendations.
In particular, it has been focused on working with the community to develop water quality limits for a Hinds–Rangitata sub-regional plan to feed in to Environment Canterbury's proposed Land and Water Regional Plan (LWRP).
Other water management issues the committee has been considering include the long-term issue of groundwater and drinking water quality.
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
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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