Environment Southland today enacted new dairy farming regulations aimed at protecting water quality.
Plan Change 13, first proposed in April 2012, requires that applicants undertake a soil-based risk assessment before beginning dairy farming, and then develop plans to mitigate its environmental effects.
“The rule will provide Council with a tool to meet the communities concerns for water quality while also meeting our national obligations,” Environment Southland Chairman Ali Timms said. “It will help to ensure that Southland's water quality doesn’t decline any further while we work with the community to move towards establishing catchment limits.”
Environment Southland said the regulation was enacted after consulting with the farming community, members of the public, local iwi, stakeholders and other local authorities.