Water management milestone reached in Lower Waitaki

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The Lower Waitaki – South Coastal Canterbury Zone Committee finalised its water management Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP) at its February meeting. The ZIP recommends actions, responsibilities and time-frames for activities to help achieve the principles, targets and goals set out in the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS). Once accepted by councils, ZIPs form the basis… Read more »

Group weighing storm water fees to protect local waterways

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WESTERLY — Town officials agree that the quality of local waterways must be a focus of governmental effort, but are less clear on how to ensure fouled waters are improved. The Public Works Committee, a group that provides advice to the Town Council, is expected to develop recommendations Monday. The recommendations could include whether to… Read more »

Legislature working to centralize control of state’s water resources

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Last year, Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature mandated budget cuts and property tax reductions for the districts. Last week, the Senate Budget Committee introduced a bill that would give the Legislature authority over the approval of the water management districts’ individual budgets. A committee staff report on the bill stated it would continue a… Read more »