Environment Southland has recently notified a new Water and Land Plan which replaces existing plans for water and effluent management.
The proposed Water and Land Plan includes measures to halt the decline of Southland's water quality, including recommendations for on-farm management practices, as part of achieving goals for the region's water. It also defines water quality and quantity rules.
The notified plan reflects the feedback from farmers and the community that Environment Southland sought on their draft plan proposals late last year.
Continued support for farmers
DairyNZ analysed the notified plan, consulted with farmers and lodged a submission with Environment Southland on the due date of 1 August.
A summary of submissions will be available on the Environment Southland website in October. At that time you have the opportunity to:
- make another submission
- expand on your already lodged submission or
- support or oppose other submissions.
Council will consider all submissions before hearings mid next year. The final decision is scheduled for late 2017.
Find the full notified plan and supporting documents here.
Read DairyNZ's submission here.
We are also working with farmers, Environment Southland, dairy supply companies, Federated Farmers and Beef + Lamb New Zealand, to ensure the catchment limit setting process, proposed to start in at the end of 2016, is based on robust science and farmer input.
Our work includes
- Evaluating the social and economic implications of different options.
- Assessing the state of Southland's estuaries, rivers and lakes.
- Defining good wintering practices in Southland. Download our new Wintering in Southland/South Otago guide further down this page.
Tips for an effective submission
- Stick to the key points.
- Be factual not emotive about the subject.
- State what you like e.g. permitted activity rules you support.
- State what you don't like and why. E.g. how a draft rule could affect you and your business and provide examples where possible.
- State what you want to happen i.e. provide alternatives.
The limit setting process is also part of the council's Water and Land 2020 & Beyond project and is scheduled to start at the end of 2016.
Setting limits for water quality and quantity is one of the requirements for all regional councils under the Government's National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management. Limits include restricting the amount of contaminants that can be discharged into waterways and how much water can be extracted.
Catchment limits might require changes to current farming practices.
The limit setting process is due to be completed by 2021 and will be undertaken catchment by catchment. View timelines here.
Resources for order and download
Wintering on crops in the South Island
A land management guide to good environmental practice.
Your step-by-step guide for successful riparian planting in Southland.
Good management practices
A guide to good environmental management on dairy farms.