A Freshwater Farm Plan is a tool introduced by Government as part of the Essential Freshwater package. A Freshwater Farm Plan will identify risks to freshwater from activities carried out on farms and identify practical on-farm actions for managing and mitigating those risks to improve water quality in local waterways. Actions will be tailored to a particular farm’s physical environment, farming activities and the catchment the farm is located in.
Marlborough farmers are already making good progress in improving freshwater quality. Many belong to catchment groups, have farm plans and are implementing environmental mitigations. Freshwater Farm Plans will build on the work that many land operators are already doing to identify and manage risks of farming activities to freshwater.
Who will need a Freshwater Farm Plan?
Any farmer or grower with:
- 20 hectares or more in arable or pastoral use
- 5 hectares or more in horticultural (including viticulture) use
- 20 hectares or more of combined use