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Cardrona: Integrated 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 intends to set:

  • minimum flows and allocation limits for the Cardrona River and Cardrona Alluvial Ribbon Aquifer; and
  • a maximum allocation limit for the Wanaka Basin Cardrona Gravel Aquifer. 

What stage are we up to?

Since 2010, Council has hosted four community workshops to discuss the policy framework for managing surface water and groundwater in Otago, share scientific information about the Cardrona River and the Wanaka Basin Cardrona Gravel Aquifer, and listen to people’s views on what they consider to be important values and uses supported by the area’s water resources.

At the last public workshop in June 2013 community members and other stakeholders were invited to provide feedback on a number of management options for the Cardrona River and the Wanaka Basin Cardrona Gravel Aquifer.

Since this workshop ORC has been collecting further information that will assist with getting a better understanding of:

  • the potential impacts of various minimum flow options on water users in the Cardrona Valley and on the Wanaka Flats
  • the viability of options that may help irrigators to lessen the impact of a minimum flow restriction on the Cardrona River during low flow periods. 

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 in autumn of 2018.

Background information relating to the Cardrona plan change

Technical background information relating to the Cardrona plan change can be viewed here >>

Consultation material relating to the Cardrona plan change

Consultation records relating to the Cardrona plan change can be viewed here >>


For further information please contact Tom De Pelsemaeker:

Email: tom.depelsemaeker@orc.govt.nz
Phone: 03 474 0827

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