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8.1.3 Rivers and Lake Beds

8.1.3.1 The Use, Erection, Placement, Extension, Alteration or Reconstruction of a Structure In, On, Under or Over the Bed of a River or Lake

Exception

These Assessment Criteria and Information Requirements do not apply to:

Plantation forestry activities as from 1 May 2018 these activities are regulated under the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry Regulations 2017(external link).

 

  1. A description and plan of the structures’ dimensions, including an assessment of any percentage change in the size of the structure.
  2. The expected construction period.
  3. A description of the proposed method of construction including:
    1. the material to be used to erect or place, or extend, alter or reconstruct the structure,
    2. the equipment to be used,
    3. a construction plan.
  4. Description of the site, nature of the river or lake bed and banks, and vegetation.
  5. An assessment of the environment effects of the activity including:
    1. the potential effects on bed and bank stability,
    2. the extent to which the activity will adversely affect areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna1,
    3. the extent to which the activity will adversely affect the natural character of the water body,
    4. the extent to which the activity will affect neighbouring or downstream properties,
    5. the extent to which the activity will affect any other lawfully established structure,
    6. the extent to which the activity affects tangata whenua values,
    7. the effects on the uses and values of the water body.
  6. Evidence that the owner of the river or lake bed has authorised the structure to be built.
  7. The extent to which the activity will affect navigation safety.
  8. All mooring applications must include the following information:
    1. Contact details of applicant,
    2. General location of the mooring (i.e. name of the bay in a lake),
    3. GPS location of mooring,
    4. Draft, beam and length of vessel,
    5. Type of vessel (launch/yacht etc),
    6. Written comment from harbourmaster (if applicable) on the navigation safety implications of the mooring,
    7. Alternative locations considered,
    8. An assessment of any actual or potential affects that the activity may have on the environment,
    9. Consultation with potentially affected local iwi, owners of legal mooring structures within 75 metres and landowners.

 

8.1.3.2 Maintaining Access for Maintenance of Artificial Watercourses and Water Bodies in Waikato Regional Council River Control and Drainage Areas

  1. A description of the structure or fence to be built, or the types of trees or shrubs to be planted.
  2. The proximity to an artificial watercourse or water body.
  3. The extent to which the activity will affect any flood or erosion control structures.
  4. The extent to which the activity may restrict access to the water body and flood control scheme assets.
  5. The potential effects on bed and bank stability and water quality.

 

8.1.3.3 The Demolition or Removal of a Structure

  1. A description of the structure to be removed, including a description of its former purpose and use.
  2. A description of any amenity or historic value attached to the structure to be removed.
  3. An assessment of the environment effects of the removal of the structure, including:
    1. the potential effects on bed and bank stability,
    2. the extent to which the activity will adversely affect areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna2,
    3. the extent to which the activity will adversely affect the natural character of the water body,
    4. the extent to which the activity will affect neighbouring or downstream properties,
    5. the extent to which the activity will affect any lawfully established structure,
    6. the extent to which the activity will affect tangata whenua values,
    7. the effects on the uses and values of the water body,
    8. the beneficial effects of removing the structure.
  4. An assessment of the effect of the activity on any natural hazard, and the extent to which it is likely to exacerbate a natural hazard.
  5. Evidence that the existing authorised owner of the structure, if known, has given their approval for that demolition and removal.
  6. A description of the extent to which all or part of the structure is to be demolished or removed.
  7. A description of the methods to be used to remove the structure, the anticipated disturbance of the bed and bank resulting from the removal and the methods to be used to rehabilitate the site.

 

8.1.3.4 The Disturbance of a River Bed, including that for Maintenance of Structures and Flood/Drainage Control Schemes and Sand and Gravel Extraction

  1. A description of the nature, scale, and frequency of the proposed bed disturbance.
  2. Description of the proposed method, including the equipment to be used.
  3. An assessment of the environmental effects of the activity, including:
    1. the potential effects on bed and bank stability,
    2. the extent to which the activity will adversely affect areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna3,
    3. the extent to which the activity will adversely affect the natural character of the water body,
    4. the extent to which the activity will affect neighbouring or downstream properties,
    5. the extent to which the activity will affect any lawfully established structure
    6. the extent to which the activity will affect tangata whenua values,
    7. the effects on the uses and values of the water body.
  4. An assessment of the activity on any natural hazard, and the extent to which it is likely to create or exacerbate a natural hazard.
  5. In the case of the extraction of bed material:
    1. an assessment of the volume of material proposed to be removed, in terms of total annual volume and daily amounts,
    2. a description of the period over which the removal will occur and frequency of removal in any 12 month period,
    3. a description of the methods to be used to remove the material,
    4. an assessment of alternative sources of material that have been considered, and why the extraction is required in the location chosen.
  6. In the case of reclamation or deposition of a substance onto or into the bed of a lake or river, a description of the composition of the material to be deposited.

 

8.1.3.5 The Introduction and Planting of Plants

  1. Identification of the plant(s) proposed to be introduced and the methods to be used to introduce the plants.
  2. The purpose for introducing the plants.
  3. A description of whether the plant(s) are already in the area of the proposed introduction.
  4. An assessment of the environment effects of the activity including:
    1. the potential effects on bed and bank stability,
    2. the extent to which the activity will adversely affect areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna4,
    3. the extent to which the activity will adversely affect the natural character of the water body,
    4. the extent to which the activity will affect neighbouring or downstream properties,
    5. the extent to which the activity will affect any lawfully established structure ,
    6. the extent to which the activity will affect tangata whenua values,
    7. the effects on the uses and values of the water body.
  5. An assessment of the effect on any natural hazard, and the extent to which it is likely to create or exacerbate a natural hazard.

 

8.1.3.6 The Clearance of Vegetation from the Bed of a Lake or River

  1. The method of clearance.
  2. The frequency and timing of the proposed activity.
  3. The location and extent of the activity.
  4. An assessment of the environment effects of the activity including:
    1. the potential effects on bed and bank stability,
    2. the extent to which the activity will adversely affect areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna5,
    3. the extent to which the activity will adversely affect the natural character of the water body,
    4. the extent to which the activity will affect neighbouring or downstream properties,
    5. the extent to which the activity will affect any lawfully established structure,
    6. the extent to which the activity will affect tangata whenua values,
    7. the effects on the uses and values of the water body.

 

8.1.3.7 Livestock on the Bed and Banks of Rivers and Lakes

  1. The location and extent of the proposed activity.
  2. The frequency and timing of the activity.
  3. An assessment of the environmental effects of the activity including:
    1. the potential effects on bed and bank stability,
    2. the extent to which the activity will adversely affect areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna6,
    3. the extent to which the activity will adversely affect the natural character of the water body,
    4. the extent to which the activity will affect neighbouring or downstream properties,
    5. the extent to which the activity will affect any lawfully established structure,
    6. the extent to which the activity will affect tangata whenua values,
    7. the effects on the uses and values of the water body.
  4. A description of the type and numbers of livestock that will be entering or crossing the river or lake bed.
  5. A description of the morphology of the river or lake bed.

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