The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM) requires Councils to work with their communities to understand how they value waterways and what goals should be set for the future, based on economic, social, cultural and environmental factors. A key requirement of the NPSFM is that the quality of our rivers, lakes, and groundwater must be maintained or improved.
Six Freshwater Management Units (FMUs) have been identified across the West Coast region in order to effectively manage water resources in different areas where issues and community values may vary.
Regional Council Planning, Science and Innovation Manager, Hadley Mills said that the purpose of the FMU groups is to represent the local community in considering water resource management.
"It's really important we have locals involved to help us identify the community's values and issues regarding freshwater quality and quantity in each FMU," Mr Mills said. "Working Groups will then make recommendations to Council's Resource Management Committee for future plan provisions and work programmes to manage the land and water resources within their FMU."
The Groups will operate in partnership with the local Runanga to recognise and respect the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and develop recommendations which consider manawhenua cultural values.
Each FMU group will be officially appointed by the Council's Resource Management Committee and will include up to eight members from the community with a range of backgrounds and interests related to land and water management values. Selection will ensure that an adequate cross section of community values are represented and a broad range of perspectives are considered. Local iwi, along with regional and district council elected representatives will also be part of the group.
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