The Orari-Opihi-Pareora (OOP) Zone Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting in Timaru on Monday, 3 August.
The committee will begin the meeting by receiving a presentation from Environment on water quality in the zone. In particular Environment Canterbury will highlight its intention to go to monthly water monitoring to get a better understanding of the resource.
Andrew Curtis, Irrigation NZ Chief Executive, will then present on how Audited Self Management processes can be used to achieve water quality objectives.
Next, the committee will be updated on Environment Canterbury’s proposed Land and Water Regional Plan (LWRP). The proposed plan provides the framework to facilitate delivery of the community’s aspirations for water management – as set out in the Canterbury Water Management Strategy. Public submissions on the plan are due by 5 October 2012.
A key focus of the meeting will also be on considering the Lower Waitaki Zone Committee’s recommendation to change the Waitaki Allocation Plan. The Orari-Opihi-Pareora Zone Committee takes an active interest in the Waitaki Catchment and is keen to work with other zone committees on matters that may affect future access to water.
Following this, the committee will receive an update from the Regional Committee before discussing the implementation of catchment groups in the zone with Environment Canterbury. The Orari catchment has been identified as a priority area for developing catchment group.
At the meeting the committee will also receive an update on water related consents in the zone and the progress of water metering installations in the lead up to the first government deadline on 10 November 2012.
The committee will specifically look at how it can be involved in taking a lead to support water measurement and reporting in the zone.
The committee will end the meeting with an update on the regionally significant features in the zone.
The OOP Zone Committee operates as a joint committee of Environment Canterbury and the Timaru and Mackenzie District Councils. The zone extends south from the Rangitata River through to the Pareora catchment. It includes all of the Timaru district and parts of the Mackenzie and Waimate districts.
Orari-Opihi-Pareora Zone Committee meeting
2pm, Monday, 3 September
Meeting Room 1, Timaru District Council offices, 2 King George, Place, Timaru
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