In August 2020, the Government released its Essential Freshwater package, which introduced new rules and regulations designed to:
- Stop further degradation of New Zealand’s freshwater resources and improve water quality within five years.
- Reverse past damage and bring New Zealand’s freshwater resources, waterways, and ecosystems to a healthy state within a generation.
The information in these pages provide details about freshwater in Marlborough, Council’s role in the new rules and regulations, the process to implement the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management, and ways for you to have your say.
About Freshwater Management
Learn more about the Government’s Essential Freshwater package, including the requirements and process for Council.
Freshwater Management Units
Find out more here about the six proposed Freshwater Management Units, characteristics and history, historic and current freshwater quality, and proposed values, visions, and environmental outcomes.
Have Your Say on Freshwater
The second round of public engagement is now closed. Find information on the first and second engagement rounds and ways to contact us.
From current improvement programmes to sources of water quality degradation, learn about the current state of Marlborough’s freshwater.
Summary of first round feedback
In December 2022 to June 2023, we sort feedback on community freshwater visions and values and the division of the region into freshwater management units.