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Water quality has consistently been identified as the top issue for the people of the Waikato region for the past two decades.
Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora: Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1 is the bold response to addressing the complex issue of water quality facing our Waipa and Waikato rivers.
Nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and bacteria levels are rising in our waterways. We need to tackle these issues now to ensure the health of our rivers going into the future.
The notification of the Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora: Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1 triggers the community’s opportunity to have their say on the proposed plan change. These are your rivers, this is your plan, have your say.
There is a considerable investment already made by many to improving water quality in our rivers. The changes we are looking to make ensure we are all playing our part.
The proposed plan change has been developed using a collaborative process that means those who are most affected by the changes have been at the table developing the policy.
We are taking a staged approach that balances the social, economic, cultural and environmental needs of our region managing water quality over an 80-year period.
This is the foundation decade for change.
The proposed plan change is required to give effect to Government legislation on the management of fresh water and Te Ture Whaimana o Te Awa o Waikato (The Vision and Strategy for the Waikato and Waipā rivers) which was introduced by Government as part of Treaty Settlement legislation.