Arrow and Cardrona Plan Change

We are taking a new approach to deliver water plan changes to the Arrow and Cardrona catchments. The new approach will see ORC bring this work together to notify a single plan change.

You can see all the current information on the Arrow and Cardrona plan change on our 'Your Say' site - http://yoursay.orc.govt.nz

  

Cardrona water management

The Otago Regional Council is in the process of developing a plan change to the Regional Plan: Water for Otago (Water Plan) that seeks to provide for the integrated management of the water resources of the Cardrona River and the Wanaka Basin Cardrona Gravel Aquifer. More specifically, this plan change seeks to set in the Water Plan:

  • Freshwater objectives for the Cardrona catchment and Wanaka Basin;
  • Minimum flows and allocation limits for the Cardrona River and Cardrona Alluvial Ribbon Aquifer;
  • A maximum allocation limit for the Wanaka Basin Cardrona Gravel Aquifer;
  • Additional provisions that seek to provide for the sustainable management of the freshwater resources of the Cardrona River, the Wanaka Basin Cardrona Gravel Aquifer and its connected water resources

Since 2010, Council has hosted five community workshops in the Cardrona catchment to discuss the policy framework for managing surface water and groundwater in Otago and share scientific information about the Cardrona River and the Wanaka Basin Cardrona Gravel Aquifer.

At the last public workshop in May 2019 community members and other stakeholders were invited to provide ORC with feedback on:

  • important values and uses that are supported the Cardrona River and the Wanaka Basin Cardrona Gravel Aquifer; and
  • Desired future outcomes for for these water bodies.
  • ORC is now collecting further information that will assist with getting a better understanding of the potential impacts of various management options on water users in the Cardrona Valley and on the Wanaka Flats

The feedback received and new information collected will be used in the further development of an integrated management regime that best suits the needs and values of the local and wider community. 

ORC will go back to the Cardrona catchment community before a plan change is notified, with the next community consultation round likely to occur later in 2019.

  

Related Information

Technical background information relating to the freshwater resources of the Cardrona Catchment and Wanaka Basin can be viewed here >>

Consultation records relating to the management of the freshwater resources of the Cardrona Catchment and Wanaka Basin can be viewed here >>


For further information please contact James Adams or Tom De Pelsemaeker:

Email: James.Adams@orc.govt.nz or Tom.Depelsemaeker@orc.govt.nz
Phone: 03 474 0827

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