WA­TER PLANS

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE -

Local plans for man­ag­ing fresh­wa­ter in the catch­ments of Doubt­less Bay, Man­gere, Pouto¯, Wai­tangi and Whanga¯rei Har­bour have been adopted by the North­land Re­gional Coun­cil. The catch­ment spe­cific plans have been about four years in the mak­ing and have in­volved groups com­pris­ing tan­gata whenua, re­source users such as the farm­ing and forestry sec­tors, and or­gan­i­sa­tions with recre­ational and en­vi­ron­men­tal in­ter­ests. Re­gional Coun­cil Chair­man Bill Shep­herd says the groups started out with lit­tle knowledge of the com­plex­ity of the wa­ter qual­ity is­sues and took many months learn­ing about this be­fore agree­ing on goals and ob­jec­tives. The rules are in­cluded in the Pro­posed Re­gional Plan, which is open for sub­mis­sions un­til Novem­ber 15. Visit www.nrc.govt.nz

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