National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management
Environment Minister Nick Smith has announced a national policy statement (NPS) for fresh water management which will come into effect on 1 July.
A NPS is a planning document under the Resource Management Act that gives central government direction for making resource management decisions about nationally significant issues. Councils have to ensure that their policy statements and plans ‘give effect’ to a national policy statement.
Dr Smith said that this NPS "is about Government giving clear direction to councils on the importance of improving New Zealand's fresh water management. It requires councils to set limits on fresh water quality and the amount of water that can be abstracted from our rivers, lakes and aquifers."
Posted on Friday 13th May, 2011 at 09:43 am