The Government has announced its latest water quality proposals called Action for Healthy Waterways. Compiled within a package entitled "Essential Freshwater Package", it comprises a new National Policy Statement for Freshwater (NPS) and new National Environment Standard for Freshwater (NES) and also new Stock Exclusion regulations.
The Package proposes some major changes, above and beyond those at current Regional Council levels on the management of freshwater, with two main objectives:
- to stop further degradation of waterways and start making immediate improvements so that water quality improves within the next five years.
- to reverse past damage and bring waterways and ecosystems to a healthy state within a generation.
To learn more about it, see the documents and links on this page including our Snapshot of Essential Freshwater Proposals (see below).
In the Document Library section of this page there are a number of the MfE and industry documents around the Freshwater proposals if you wish to read further.
The submission period has now closed - to see the Federated Farmers submission and other submissions relating to farmers from other organisations - click here