What is Essential Freshwater?
We all need and interact with water, water is life, so the concepts and policies we talk about across this site are applicable to all of us.
In 2020, the national direction for protecting, enhancing and preventing further damage to waterways, lakes and streams was announced by the Minister for the Environment. The Essential Freshwater package signalled where changes to freshwater management would be made.
Horizons Regional Council works in partnership with tangata whenua and communities to protect and enhance our region’s waterways. These waterways are a vital resource; they are crucial to our environmental, economic, social and cultural wellbeing.
Central government’s Essential Freshwater package includes new National Environmental Standards for Freshwater (NES-F), a revised National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (2020) (NPS-FM), new stock exclusion regulations, and three amendments to the Resource Management Act.