Environment Waikato is to appeal the resource consents granted to Mighty River Power for operating the Waikato hydro system.
The Council said that while it was satisfied that the decision had addressed many of its concerns, there were still a couple of issues that had not been adequately addressed. These included the effect of hydro operations on erosion and bed degradation, links to funding under Project Watershed and the effect of changed operating levels for the hydro dams on flood management.
The consents were granted earlier this month after a five week hearing before a committee of Sir Peter Tapsell, Patricia Fordyce and Professor Alex Sutherland.
Environment Waikato Chief Executive Harry Wilson said the Council’s Asset Management Group had made submissions to the hearings on its responsibilities for river management, flooding and erosion under the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Act, and the Soil Conservation and Rivers Control Act.
“Since the release of the Commissioners’ decision, we have considered the implications of the decision in terms of our original submissions and what we sought. As a result of these concerns we have decided to lodge an appeal.
“We are hopeful that our outstanding concerns can be resolved by mutual agreement with Mighty River Power within the appeal process,” he said.