• Nutrient management
• Waitaki sub-region February 2016
Public Notice of Nutrient Management and Waitaki Plan Change (Plan Change 5) to the Canterbury Land & Water Regional Plan Part of the Plan Change applies throughout the Canterbury region. There are also specific provisions that apply to the Waitaki sub-region only. The Plan Change addresses a range of water quality issues. You are receiving this special edition of Living Here as notice that Environment Canterbury will publicly notify the Nutrient Management and Waitaki Plan Change (Plan Change 5 to the Canterbury Land & Water Regional Plan) on 13 February 2016.
What are the proposed changes? The proposed changes seek to deal with management of: ▪▪ the effects of land uses, particularly farming activities, on water quality throughout the Canterbury region – see page 2 ▪▪ water quality in the Waitaki sub-region – see page 3
What is the Land & Water Regional Plan? The Land & Water Regional Plan sets out the planning framework for the management of land and water resources in Canterbury. It is one of the key methods for implementing the Canterbury Water Management Strategy, a community led collaborative approach to improve water quality outcomes throughout the region.
How do I know if the proposed changes affect me? If you are a resident or a ratepayer, or hold a resource consent in the Canterbury region, you may be affected by or have an interest in the Plan Change. To read a copy of the Plan Change and supporting information online, go to www.ecan.govt.nz/lwrp-pc5. Note that specific rules are in place for Hurunui-Waiau, Selwyn-Waihora, Hinds Plains (Ashburton District), and the South Coastal Canterbury Area (Waimate District).
How do I get involved? The Public Notice on the back of this special edition of Living Here tells you how you can get involved. Submissions (formal comments/ feedback) on the Plan Change close on 11 March 2016.
KAIKŌURA Waiau Hurunui
LAKE PUKAKI PUKAKI
The Plan Change is made up of two parts. Part A applies throughout the Canterbury region. Part B applies to the Waitaki sub-region only. Part A of the Plan Change: ▪▪ Includes new region-wide nutrient management rules which: • Require farmers throughout Canterbury, on properties larger than 10 hectares in area, to implement industry agreed good management practices, and farming activities which require resource consent to meet good management practice loss rates, over time • Address issues associated with the use of the OVERSEER® nutrient budget model • Require those carrying out a farming activity on a property larger than 10 hectares in area to register their farming activity using a new online Farm Portal. Part B of the Plan Change: ▪▪ Builds on Part A and includes rules that apply only to the Waitaki sub-region which:
• Specify new water quality outcomes and limits for rivers, lakes and groundwater, and propose a nutrient regime for managing to those outcomes and limits • Manage the effects of land use and discharges from activities such as aquaculture on water quality in the Waitaki • Specify minimum flows for a small stream north of the Waitaki River Whitneys Creek. On the back of this special edition of Living Here is a copy of the Public Notice. The Public Notice sets out how you can view or obtain a copy of the Plan Change, how to make a submission, and the process that will be followed after notification. If you wish to comment on the Plan Change, you will need to make a submission to Environment Canterbury by 5pm on 11 March 2016. Environment Canterbury is required to notify any person who in its opinion is likely to be directly affected by the Plan Change. Some people may receive multiple copies of this document. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Customer Services on 0800 324 636, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org To read a copy of the Plan Change and supporting information online, go to www.ecan.govt.nz/lwrp-pc5.
This Plan Change may affect people who live anywhere in the Canterbury region. There are also provisions that apply to the Waitaki subregion only – the shaded section of the map.
Facilitating sustainable development in the Canterbury region www.ecan.govt.nz
IMPORTANT NOTE: This information is intended to provide a broad indication of the content of the Plan Change and should not be relied on to determine whether you are affected or whether you wish to make a submission. See the Public Notice on the back page to find out where to access a full copy of the Plan Change.
The Nutrient Management Story The water quality challenge The map below shows that nearly quarter of Canterbury’s fresh water quality is unacceptable and almost another half is at risk. Much is already being done, and much more can still be done, to improve water quality in both urban and rural areas. Actions to improve water quality in Canterbury include: ▪▪ Setting limits for nutrient levels in fresh water to protect the environment ▪▪ Enhancing biodiversity and ecosystems, focusing strongly on water quality
▪▪ Driving improved practices on farm
Clarence River/ Waiau toa
▪▪ Introducing rules and regulations based on community expectations ▪▪ Simplifying the rules to make it easier to decide whether resource consent will be needed for an activity
Lake Sumner/ Hokakura
▪▪ Working with communities on innovative solutions for our fresh water issues.
Conway River/ Tutae Putaputa Waiau River
Water quality status and associated land area 23%
Waipara River Ashley River/Rakahuri Waimakariri River
LAKE ZONES (sensitive areas)
CHRISTCHURCH Aoraki/Mount Cook
Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere Rakaia River Ashburton River/Hakatere Hinds River/Hekeao Rangitata River Orari River Opihi River
TIMARU Pareora River Wainono Lagoon Waihao River Waitaki River
The Plan Change sets industry agreed “good management practice” as the minimum standard for all farming activities in Canterbury
The new Farm Portal Nutrient limits and rules matter Good progress is being made throughout the region towards setting and implementing environmental limits for water quality and water quantity. Nutrient limits and rules are a key tool for reducing the amount of nutrients entering our waterways. Rules help us manage the effects of land use and improve fresh water quality. The Canterbury Land & Water Regional Plan includes region-wide nutrient management rules and also specific rules for different areas. Developing specific nutrient limits and rules for local catchments is an effective way to deliver water quality outcomes established by local communities.
Environment Canterbury has developed a Farm Portal to provide easy access to nutrient management information. The Nutrient Management and Waitaki Plan Change requires farmers to register their farming activities on this website. The Farm Portal: ▪▪ Leads farmers through the new rule requirements in a simple and understandable way so they understand what they need to do
Improved farming practices The Plan Change sets industry Industry-agreed agreed “good management Good Management Prac relating to water qual tices ity practice” as the minimum standard for all farming activities on properties larger than 10 hectares in area. Many primary industry sector organisations have been working together to describe what good management practices look like for different farming types – go to www.ecan.govt.nz/mgm-gmp for details. 18 September 2015
Implementation of good management practices responds to community expectations, and will help achieve better water quality outcomes. Every farmer is encouraged, and often required by the rules, to do an assessment of the environmental impacts of their farming activities. A farm environment plan is a valuable tool for doing this. Farmers can use their farm environment plan to work out what they can do to help improve water quality – for example, fencing and planting beside waterways and drains may reduce the amount of pollutants going into them.
▪▪ Gives farmers access to information about their farm to help with better management of nutrients (rainfall, soil type, “good management practices”, expected nutrient leaching)
Developing a farm environment plan can also help farmers identify areas where they may make improvements to their on-farm systems. For example, by using smarter irrigation and other high-tech solutions, they can apply water only where and when it is needed.
▪▪ Captures and provides information about nutrient losses from farms to help inform community discussions and planning processes.
Farmers can work with their advisors, industry groups and Environment Canterbury to develop a farm environment plan or use a suitable template.
▪▪ Provides a report to help them get a resource consent if they need one
The Waitaki Story
What the new rules do
In the Waitaki catchments, the Upper and Lower Waitaki zone committees have developed a package of recommendations to deliver the local community’s aspirations for water quality.
▪▪ Comply with nitrogen load limits
Key water quality outcomes were identified for each zone. In the Upper Waitaki zone, these included: ▪▪ Enabling/allowing for sustainable development in appropriate areas
In the Lower Waitaki zone, outcomes included:
The Waitaki sub-region section of the Plan Change requires farming activities, aquaculture, industrial activities and community wastewater to: ▪▪ Minimise nutrient loss through the implementation of “good management practice” ▪▪ Register with the Farm Portal (see the previous page)
▪▪ Enabling / allowing for sustainable development in appropriate areas
▪▪ Maintaining the water quality of the large lakes
▪▪ Maintaining water quality in the Waitaki mainstem and tributaries
▪▪ Maintaining the ecosystem health of streams
▪▪ Protecting sensitive springs
▪▪ Continuing to deliver high-quality water to the Waitaki River.
▪▪ Improving the water quality of spring-fed streams.
For two years the zone committees worked with local government, tangata whenua, the community, industry and key stakeholders on recommendations to achieve these outcomes, and to implement the Canterbury Water Management Strategy in the Waitaki sub-region. Recommendations to achieve these outcomes included both "on the ground" actions and water quality limits. Some of these on the ground actions are already being progressed. For example, the Lower Waitaki Zone Committee is currently focused on implementing a monitoring programme to better understand the surface and groundwater hydrology of the Greater Waitaki area. A “Love your Lakes” public information campaign is underway in Upper Waitaki to ask people to take responsibility for water quality by using toilet facilities and taking rubbish with them.
LAKE TEKAPO LAKE PUKAKI PUKAKI
Waitaki Kurow bridge, Waitaki River
An aquaculture operation
A Zone Committee in action
Irrigation is important for sustainable development
PUBLIC NOTICE PLAN CHANGE 5 TO THE CANTERBURY LAND AND WATER REGIONAL PLAN Pursuant to Clause 5 of the First Schedule of the Resource Management Act 1991, the Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury) gives public notice of proposed Plan Change 5 to the partially operative Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan ("proposed Plan Change 5"). Proposed Plan Change 5 seeks to amend:
Submissions must include: • the specific provision(s) of proposed Plan Change 5 that the submission relates to; • whether you support or oppose the provision(s), or wish to have them amended; • the precise detail of any relief sought (including the changes to the provision(s)); and
1. sections 2, 4, 5, 7 and 16 of the partially operative Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan in relation to the management of nutrients, and insert new Schedules 7A and 28;
• whether you wish or do not wish to be heard in support of your submission.
2. section 15 (Waitaki and South Coastal Canterbury) of the partially operative Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan to introduce catchment-specific freshwater outcomes, limits and provisions for the Waitaki Sub-region area, and insert new Schedules 26 and 27; and
• Offices of Environment Canterbury
3. the Canterbury and Christchurch Land and Water Regional Plan Map Series (“the Planning Maps”).
Submission forms can be obtained from: • The Environment Canterbury website: www.ecan.govt.nz/lwrp-pc5 • Customer Services on 353 9007 if you are calling from Christchurch, 0800 324 636 if calling from outside Christchurch, or by email to email@example.com.
THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS 5:00 PM 11 MARCH 2016
Legal effect of rules in proposed Plan Change 5 Rules 15B.5.3, 15B.5.4 and 15B.5.5 (relating to Aquaculture in the Waitaki Sub-region area) and Rules 15B.5.13A, 15B.5.13B, 15B.5.18A, 15B.5.18B and 15B.5.18C (relating to the use of land for a farming activity in the Ahuriri Zone, Upper Waitaki Hill Zone, Haldon Zone or Mid Catchment Zone) will have legal effect when PC5 is notified. In accordance with section 86B(1)(c) of the Resource Management Act 1991, Environment Canterbury has resolved that all other rules amended, inserted, or deleted by proposed Plan Change 5 will have legal effect only once proposed Plan Change 5 becomes operative in accordance with Clause 20 of Schedule 1 to the Resource Management Act 1991.
Inspection and availability of proposed Plan Change 5 A copy of proposed Plan Change 5 and the Section 32 Report is available for public inspection at:
Please email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org; Or post to: Freepost 1201 Plan Change 5 to the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan Environment Canterbury PO Box 345 Christchurch 8140 The process for public participation in consideration of proposed Plan Change 5 is as follows: After the closing of submissions, Environment Canterbury will publicly notify the availability of a summary of all decisions requested in submissions, and will allow a period for further submissions in support of, or in opposition to, those submissions already made. Only the following persons may make a further submission:
• The offices of Environment Canterbury at: 17 Sir Gil Simpson Drive, Christchurch; 75 Church Street, Timaru; and 73 Beach Road, Kaikoura.
• any person representing a relevant aspect of the public interest;
• All open public libraries in the Canterbury region.
• Environment Canterbury itself.
• The Environment Canterbury website: www.ecan.govt.nz/lwrp-pc5
All submitters giving notice of their wish to be heard will be advised of the Council hearing. Environment Canterbury must give its decision on the provisions and matters raised in the submissions (including its reasons for accepting or rejecting submissions) and give public notice of that decision within 2 years of notifying proposed Plan Change 5 and serve it on every person who made a submission.
• any person that has an interest in proposed Plan Change 5 greater than the interest that the general public has; and
Paper copies of proposed Plan Change 5 and the Section 32 Report are available from Environment Canterbury's Customer Services for a cost as set in the Long Term Plan 2015-2025. The documents can be downloaded free of charge from the Environment Canterbury website, or alternatively a CD can be provided free of charge by contacting Customer Services on 353 9007 if you are calling from Christchurch, or on 0800 324 636 if calling from outside Christchurch, or by email to email@example.com
Bill Bayfield CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Submissions Submissions on proposed Plan Change 5 may be made in the prescribed form (Form 5) by any person. However, if the person could gain an advantage in trade competition through the submission, then the person may only lodge a submission if the person is directly affected by an effect of proposed Plan Change 5 that: • adversely affects the environment; and • does not relate to trade competition or the effects of trade competition.
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