Farming to limits - freshwater management
By 2023, 3,800 farms are farming within their nitrogen loss limits and operating at good management practice or better.
54% of farms are farming within their nitrogen loss limits and operating at good management practice or better.
About this goal
We report the progress of Canterbury’s 3,800 farms as they receive nitrogen loss limits and requirements to operate at good management practice through individual land use consents to farm or under consented irrigation schemes and collectives.
Why does it matter?
The setting of nitrogen loss limits and delivery of good management practices on farms are key to maintaining and improving the water quality of the region’s rivers, streams, wetlands, lakes, estuaries and groundwater.
What's being done?
Canterbury’s farms include 1,500 managed under irrigation schemes and collectives, and 2,300 individual farms. Many of the remaining 5,000 farms will be required to register their farm activities with Environment Canterbury at a later stage, under Plan Change 5.
Irrigation schemes and collectives: 1,500 farms are covered by schemes or collective consents and have nitrogen loss limits and a requirement to operate at good management practice or better.
Individual farms: Of the 2,300 individual farms required to take action now, 569 individual farms have received nitrogen loss limits and a requirement to operate at good management practice through the conditions of their consents.
A targeted approach
The 1,875 individual farms that require land use consent now are being reached through a rolling programme designed to advise farmers of their requirements and help them to take appropriate actions. The work being done with these 1,875 farms is outlined below. Work with the remaining 425 farms will start once Plan Change 5 is operative. These graphs exclude properties determined not to be target farms.