The Relationship Between Chapter 3.2 and the Rest of the Water Module
This Chapter contains a set of the general policies and methods that apply to the management of water quality and flow regimes in the Region. This generic policy regime is to be read in conjunction with the more specific policies and methods that appear in the other issues or resource specific chapters of this Plan. Taken as a whole the policies give effect to the over-arching objectives of Module 1 and the Water Management Objective of Chapter 3.1.
The water management classification system defined in this Chapter acts in conjunction with the more specific objectives and policies in other relevant chapters of this Plan to achieve Objective 3.1.2 a), b), c) and p). The classes also assist in achieving other objectives (for example 3.1.2 d) and n)).
Water Management Classes
The water management classification system established in this Chapter is one of a range of management tools that is used in the Region to balance the use, development and protection of the water resource.
The reasons for developing water management classes are set out in the Waikato RPS under the issues of water quality and flow regimes. Implementation methods in this section provide direction for the development and application of water quality classes through regional plans.
The classifications highlight characteristics of water bodies in the Region that are important for both resource users and their ecological and recreational values. The characteristics that are identified are all potentially threatened by the resource management issues identified in Section 3.1.1 of the Plan.
These Standards do not apply to:
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