The Hawkes Bay Regional Council has developed a ‘Land and Water Management Strategy’ that looks at the region’s water quantity and water quality. It outlines a set of immediate and medium-term actions.
One of the actions that relates specifically to farming is the need to submit a farm plan and be implementing that plan by May 2018.
These plans have a focus on reducing nitrogen and farmers need to comply with strict nitrogen levels.
The water quality in the Hawkes Bay is generally good. Fonterra supports the work the Regional Council has been doing towards improving water quality and quantity in the region.
A small number of rivers are showing a decline in water quality and the reasons for those declining trends are being investigated by the Regional Council.
Hawkes Bay Fonterra Farmers’ progress towards some of the Sustainable Dairying Targets.
of significant waterways are fenced and have dairy excluded
The Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord defines regular crossing points as “any permanently flowing rivers, streams, drains and springs, more than a metre wide and 30cm deep.”
of regular stock crossing points have bridges or culverts
The Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord defines regular crossing points as “those used more than once a month to access the milking shed.”
of farms have collected nutrient management data
Catchment call out #1
Fonterra has been working with a range of stakeholders involved in Taharua catchment (upper Mohaka River) to manage water-related issues including, riparian health and water quality, flows and allocations.
Fonterra has been working with a range of stakeholders involved in Taharua catchment (upper Mohaka River) to manage water-related issues including, riparian health and water quality, flows and allocations. Along with other landowners, we are also working with the Council to develop and implement nutrient management improvements.
Catchment call out #2
Lake Tūtira has been affected by poor water quality for a long time. There is no single cause. But over time, too much nutrient-carrying sediment has entered the lake and because there is only one narrow outlet at the north end, most stays in the lake water.
This combined with the long, warm Hawke’s Bay summers create the perfect conditions for algae to bloom. Since the 1970s people have been working to improve the lake.
Many landowners in the catchment are planting to reduce sediment, the local iwi Maungaharuru Tangitū, among other things, has secured $644,000 funding for a two-year project to help improve mauri and water quality, and the Council is also investigating long-term options, including aerating it with modern technology.