Discussion paper

Action for healthy waterways

A discussion document on national direction for our essential freshwater
Fresh water drinking water Stormwater Environmental impacts New Zealand

This document summarises proposed new requirements that are intended to both quickly stop water quality getting worse, and set us on a path to healthier freshwater in a generation. These regulations would require different actions in different regions and catchments, but in general would mean:

  • Better management of stormwater and wastewater
  • No further loss of wetlands and streams
  • Tighter controls to prevent sediment loss from earthworks and urban development
  • Farmers and growers understanding and managing environmental risks and following good practice
  • New standards and limits on some farming activities in some regions or catchments.
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