19 Apr 2012

Council making progress with water strategy

11:48 am on 19 April 2012

Canterbury Regional Council is making progress in implementing the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.

The strategy, which was endorsed in February 2010 by all 10 territorial authorities, provides a collaborative approach to managing the water resource.

Last year zone committees concentrated on agreeing to their top priorities and preparing draft implementation programmes for public comment.

One of the council's commissioners, Peter Skelton, says the public review phase of a draft regional implementation programme representing recommendations from four zones has just finished.

He says a draft programme for the Upper Waitaki zone will be presented to the McKenzie and Waitaki district councils by the end of May.

Professor Skelton says the draft land and regional water plan - a key part of the strategy - will be going out for public comment in the next month.