The Next Steps for Freshwater consultation document was released by the Minister for the Environment and the Minister for Primary Industries on 20 February 2016. It contains 23 initiatives which, if adopted, would result in amendments to the Resource Management Act and the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management, as well as new national regulations.
Environment Canterbury, in a submission on these proposals, has expressed concerns that if intermittently closing and opening lakes and lagoons (i.e. Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, Waiwera/Lake Forsyth and Wainono Lagoon) are required to meet the same national bottom lines as other lakes, it could mean years of work by the zone committees and others would have to be revisited with “significant costs.”
The Press covered ECan’s concerns in a recent front page article.
On Monday May 2, Kathryn Ryan on RNZ spoke to Ken Hughey, a professor of environmental management at Lincoln University and a founding Trustee of WET. Ken has a slightly different view – you can listen to his comments here.