Want to find out the latest on issues on rural water throughout Otago?  Check out our Waterlines newsletters below.  If you would like to view a Waterlines newsletter prior to 2015 please contact us.

Winter 2020

What you'll find inside the latest issue of Waterlines:

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Spring 2019

What you'll find inside the latest issue of Waterlines:

  • Action for healthy waterways
  • Plan changes to Otago's current water plan
  • Value and objective setting for the full water plan review
  • New Regional Pest Management Plan now in effect
  • Good Water in Otago
  • Preparing for climate change adaptation
  • ORC's Executive Leadership Team hit the road with new faces
  • A day in the Life of Policy & Planning
  • Keeping Old Man's Beard in check
  • Swim safe in Otago this summer
  • Growing our cities and protecting productive land
  • Lake Hayes consultation
  • Enviroschools update
  • Introducing your Otago Regional Council 2019-22

What you'll find in the December news update of Waterlines:

  • Minister Parker's response to the Skelton Investigation
  • Omnibus Plan Change - Update on timing

Waterlines Spring 2019

Waterlines - December News Update 2019


Winter 2019

What you'll find inside the Winter 2019 edition of Waterlines:

  • Working on water
  • Introducing Manager Good Water Programme
  • Rabbit management tips
  • Newest addition to the Rural Liaison team
  • Improving stock truck effluent disposal in Otago
  • Otago South River Care: Farmers helping farmers
  • Glendhu forestry study
  • Otago’s first monitoring buoy installed in Lake Hayes
  • A day in the life of…
  • New staff and improved processes in compliance
  • Contact our pollution hotline
  • Annual Plan 2019-20 now in effect
  • Proposed Pest Plan progresses towards implementation
  • Looking back on a year of the ECO Fund
  • BioBlitz hits Otago coasts
  • What’s up at ORC?

Waterlines Winter 2019

Winter 2018

What you'll find inside the Winter 2018 edition of Waterlines:

  • Minimum flow plan change
  • Do you have a forestry block? New rules will affect you.
  • What will farming look like in the future?
  • Delving deeper into our lakes
  • Restoration of Tomahawk Lagoon and Lake Tuakitoto
  • Virtual fencing trialled
  • What’s next for Waterlines?
  • Helping lifestylers understand rabbit management 
  • Introducing…
  • Winter good practice management
  • Good Water Project Update
  • Irrigation NZ Conference and Expo
  • Trees for skis
  • Community funding coming soon!
  • What’s up at ORC?
  • Events calendar
  • Water take data needed by 31 July
  • And the winner is… 

Waterlines Winter 2018

Autumn 2018

What you'll find inside the Autumn 2018 edition of Waterlines:

  • Old technology proves versatile
  • Introducing ORC's new Chief Executive
  • Waterwise
  • A day in the life of...
  • Wallaby poo
  • Where are the wallabies?
  • The Good Water Project
  • ORC's Summer Water Quality Monitoring
  • Check Clean Dry
  • NZ Landcare Trust - Craig Simpson
  • What's up at ORC?
  • Watch out rabbits!

Waterlines Autumn 2018

Summer 2017

What you'll find inside the Summer 2017 edition of Waterlines:

  • Clutha River/Mata-au: from the mountains to sea
  • Hejlea dairy farm wins water quality award
  • What's in that stream?
  • What's up in the Waiwera?
  • Forestry company falling for the fish
  • East Otago Field Days
  • Love your lake - what's the verdict on lake snow?
  • Science in the Shag
  • A day in the life of...
  • What's up at ORC?

Waterlines Summer 2017

Spring 2017

What you'll find inside the Spring 2017 edition of Waterlines:

  • Happy cows thanks to sustainable farming
  • Students learn about farming while looking after the environment
  • Slink collection - what are your options?
  • What's your take on residual flows?
  • Saving the soil
  • What happens if things go wrong?
  • It seemed like a good idea at the time
  • Pointing the arrow to water in the Wakatipu
  • A day in the life of....
  • Enviroschools
  • What's up at ORC?
  • Events calendar

Waterlines Spring 2017

Winter 2017

What you'll find inside the Winter 2017 edition of Waterlines:

  • Beautiful Bellview - the story of a wetland
  • How healthy are out estuaries?
  • National interest in expiring permits
  • Need advice about deemed permits? Call Bruce
  • North Otago farmers working together for better water quality
  • Can you swim safely in Otago?
  • Water Quality by 2021
  • Technology adds value to on-farm management
  • Profile on Otago Fish and Game Council
  • Time to think about winter grazing
  • A day in the life of...
  • In brief

Waterlines Winter 2017 (1 MB)

Summer 2017

What you'll find inside the Summer 2017 edition of Waterlines:

  • Teed up for irrigation
  • New web portal launched
  • ORC facilitating meetings with affected parties
  • Profile on Kāi Tahu values
  • Workshop to set groundwork for new urban water quality strategy
  • Review environmental effets when applying for resource consent
  • Clutha Development: helping farmers
  • Minimum flow science study on Clutha River
  • Students get Water Wise
  • We're healthy and safe at ORC
  • A day in the life of...

Waterlines Summer 2017 (254 KB)

Spring 2016

What you'll find inside the Spring 2016 edition of Waterlines:

  • Manuherikia: working together for a minimum river flow
  • Getting to the bottom of the lake snow problem
  • Support for dairy farmers as season kicks off
  • The wood and the trees
  • Farm flyover reveals soaring compliance
  • Water metering: a measured installation
  • Liaison specialists
  • Hopping mad
  • A day in the life of...

Waterlines Spring 2016 (638 KB)

Winter 2016

What you'll find inside the Winter 2016 edition of Waterlines:

  • Award winners combine business smarts with environmental focus
  • Smart innovation wins foresters ORC award
  • Much to be proud of with Cardrona water quality
  • Timing of the essence in deemed permit conversion process
  • Are you Plan 6A ready?
  • ORC urges flexible approach to stock fencing proposal
  • Communities respond brilliantly to low flow situation
  • Urban water quality improvement on the agenda
  • Velvetleaf vigilance needs to be maintained

Waterlines Winter 2016 (4 MB)

Spring/Summer 2015

What you'll find inside the Spring/Summer 2015 edition of Waterlines:

  • Pro-active water quality management pays dividends for AgResearch
  • Nutrient limits hold key to Kakanui algal bloom reduction
  • ORC promoting informed community debate on wilding conifer management
  • El Nino may persist through Otago summer
  • Buffer zones recommended for wintering paddocks
  • Agencies and ORC work together on water quality guidance
  • Lagarosiphon control works progressing

Waterlines Spring/Summer 2015 (6 MB)

Winter 2015

What you'll find inside the Winter 2015 edition of Waterlines:

  • Targeted rates fund water quality work
  • ORC keen to collaborate with community on river management
  • Water quality information packs still available
  • Motivated couple win ORC water quality award
  • Compliance an important part of land management
  • Minimum flows vital for waterway protection
  • Councillors learn a lot from Pomahaka farmers
  • Time is of the essence for installing water measuring equipment
  • Effluent know-how aids better farming
  • Care needed when applying stored effluent
  • Get ready, get thru

Waterlines Winter 2015

Autumn 2015

What you'll find inside the Autumn 2015 edition of Waterlines:

  • Checking water quality on your farm - what to look for
  • Water quality information visits planned
  • Planning vital for winter grazing
  • Farmers step up during water crisis
  • Lakes farmers get behind water quality efforts
  • Community understanding key to environmental awareness
  • South features in river awards

Waterlines Autumn 2015 (2 MB)


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