Council and Irrigators may well have signed another secret agreement and the continuing propaganda is expected.
The only certain beneficiaries of this expensive project are NCC Roading (Nelson water supply) and Irrigators through the Waimea East Irrigation scheme.
They are the only entities with infrastructure that can benefit with certainty and irrigators are the only people with infrastructure to extract any surplus water in the river released from the dam.
Environmental flow is a politically contrived mythical concept.
The Resource Management Act makes clear it is the extractors who are responsible to ensure their impacts on the environment are mitigated. Not tax payers and not ratepayers.
TDC has produced no science to prove benefit from the less than 10 per cent of the released water that will filter into the water tables will get to the important bores being extracted from.
To suggest the $10 million interest free loan ratepayers are expected to repay should be attributed to irrigator contribution is crass propaganda.
Ratepayers need to make clear