Water quality and quantity, groundwater and wetlands are issues that
Southlanders are interested in. The purpose of this Plan is to promote
the sustainable management of Southland's rivers, lakes, groundwater,
surface water, and wetland resources.
The plan is aimed at enabling the
use and development of fresh water where this can be undertaken in a
sustainable way, providing a framework for activities, such as
discharges to water, taking and using water, and structures and bed
disturbance activities in river beds.
Download the Regional Water Plan.
Note: We're currently in the process of combining
provisions from the Transitional Regional Plan, Regional Effluent Land
Application Plan and Regional Water Plan into one document. The proposed Southland Water
and Land Plan introduces new methods to manage activities that we
know adversely affect the quality of Southland’s freshwater. Relevant objectives, policies and rules of the proposed Plan, as well as those in the existing Regional Water Plan, must be considered in all resource consent applications lodged with Environment Southland.