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Stock access to Canterbury’s waterways

Date: 01 July 2018
Reporting Frequency: Six Monthly
Category: Freshwater Management


Stock exclusion from waterways: respond to 80% of intensively farmed stock incidents within two days.


Responded to 83% of incidents regarding access of intensively farmed stock to waterways within two days.

About this goal

Site visits are prioritised where intensively farmed stock have access to waterways, and we aim to respond to 80% of reported incidents within two days. Action is taken to remove the stock, repair or remediate damage and agree prevention measures such as fencing off waterways.

For non-intensive stock, the focus of our response is to ensure no damage has occurred and educate landowners on stock exclusion rules. We aim to respond to 80% of incidents regarding access of non-intensively farmed stock within five days, and where damage has occurred we take appropriate enforcement action.

Why does it matter?

Stock in our waterways can have a direct impact on water quality or ecological values, and is a major area of concern.

Intensively farmed stock: Pigs, dairy cattle and other cattle or deer either on irrigated land or being break-fed on winter crops.

Non-intensively farmed stock: All sheep, beef cattle or deer excluding those on irrigated land or those being break-feed on winter crops.

What's being done?

Environment Canterbury and Fish & Game have worked together to develop a new response protocol and to set targets around stock in waterways.

Our first priority is to get stock out of the waterway to make sure there is no further damage.

We then investigate to determine what action should be taken including enforcement.

This new protocol has resulted in more site visits, more enforcement action and, most importantly, more stock kept out of waterways.

The figures illustrate that we take this matter very seriously and are committed to protecting Canterbury’s waterways from the damage caused by livestock.

Our performance January - June 2018

Our performance January - June 2018

Number of incidents by zone

Number of incidents by zone

Find out more

Read the latest Stock Exclusion report.

Find out more about the rules for stock access to waterways in our region at

More information for farmers.

Find out how ratepayer funding supports this work with our Rates Tool.


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