National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management & Regulations 2020
Essential Freshwater Package 2020
Every Regional Council must make or change their Regional Policy Statement and regional plans to the extent needed to implement the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM) 2020, and the other freshwater regulations that make up the Government’s Essential Freshwater Package 2020.
Here are links to four documents in the Essential Freshwater Package:
These came into effect on 3 September 2020, and supercede previous versions of the NPSFM and water Metering Regulations. Further information about the Essential Freshwater Package is available on the Ministry of the Environment website.
Regional Implementation Strategy 2019
Earlier versions of the NPSFM required regional councils to prepare a Regional Implementation Strategy outlining how they will implement the NPSFM. Council was also required to prepare a Progressive Implementation Plan (PIP). The NPSFM 2020 no longer requires these documents, however they have useful background information about identification of the freshwater management units (FMU’s) in the West Coast Region, and timeframes for establishing the FMU’s, and making changes to the Regional Land and Water Plan. The PIP has been updated to reflect timeframes to meeting the 2020 freshwater requirements.
Here are the links to these two documents:
Freshwater Management Units (FMUs)
Four Freshwater Management Units 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. These are: