Surface Water Reports 2012

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Surface Water Reports 2012

Surface Water Quality - SoE Report

Monitoring water quality for the region is a requirement of the Resource Management Act (RMA) 1991. Regional Plans must be consistent with the RMA. Monitoring and reporting on water quality for the region helps inform our Regional Policy Statement and Resource Management Plans. Our policy and plans serve to manage our water resources in a sustainable way.

Monitoring water quality for the region is a requirement of the Resource Management Act (RMA) 1991. Regional Plans must be consistent with the RMA. Monitoring and reporting on water quality for the region helps inform our Regional Policy Statement and Resource Management Plans. Our policy and plans serve to manage our water resources in a sustainable way. Monitoring and reporting on our water quality also allows us to:

  1. Assess the effectiveness and efficiencies of our plans and policies;
  2. To identify degraded water bodies which require active management;
  3. To identify rivers and streams at risk of deterioration and
  4. To ensure water quality is maintained in a ‘good’ state where appropriate.

Currently there are two monitoring programmes which assess surface water quality in Marlborough. These are:

  1. State of the Environment (SoE) surface water quality monitoring
  2. Recreational water quality monitoring Each of these programmes have been set up with specific objectives.

The two core objectives of SoE monitoring are:

  1. To define the state of water quality for the region
  2. To detect changes in water quality for the region This report discusses the objectives and analyses the results of the State of the Environment (SoE) surface water quality monitoring programme.

Marlborough Surface Water Allocation Status 2012

Surface water is an instantaneous resource, here today, and gone tomorrow. For most of the year there is sufficient water available in Marlborough for all reasonable requirements. However, parts of Marlborough are seasonally water short. Balancing peak water demands on both a spatial and temporal basis is necessary for continued economic growth.

Surface water is an instantaneous resource, here today, and gone tomorrow. For most of the year there is sufficient water available in Marlborough for all reasonable requirements. However parts of Marlborough are seasonally water short. Balancing peak water demands on both a spatial and temporal basis is necessary for continued economic growth.

The greater majority of surface water allocation in the Wairau Awatere Resource Management Plan area comes from the three major water resources which have defined Sustainable Flow Regimes under the plan. However there are many smaller rivers and streams which do not have any specific environmental protection under the plan, so consents have to be determined on a case by case basis. This places those resources at risk from ad hoc decision making.