Waikato Regional Council will use environmental education programmes to inform the community of:
Waikato Regional Council will, in conjunction with organisations, industry groups and individuals that undertake activities that disturb the beds of rivers and lakes, provide guidance on the development, implementation and review of good practice techniques or appropriates codes of practice.
Waikato Regional Council will consider the provision of funding support for projects that assist with promoting the stabilisation of unstable river and lake beds including that caused by livestock access.
This Rule does 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).
Any river or lake bed disturbance activity, including:
that is not otherwise provided for by, or does not comply with, a permitted or controlled activity rule within this Regional Plan is a discretionary activity (requiring resource consent).
Explanation and Principal Reasons for Adopting Methods 18.104.22.168 to 22.214.171.124
Non-regulatory methods are necessary to provide information on the rules in this Plan, promote the use of good practice techniques and to provide incentives for projects which will assist in stabilising river and lake beds and avoiding, remedying or mitigating the adverse effects referred to in Issue 4.3.1.
Environmental education programmes as mentioned in Method 126.96.36.199 are an effective means of assisting the community and resource users to understand the rules in this Plan and use methods that can improve how they undertake activities on the beds of rivers and lakes.
Method 188.8.131.52 is included because many individuals and organisations have adopted good practices including codes of practice and environmental management systems (EMS) that are designed to avoid, remedy or mitigate adverse environmental effects. By working with organisations and individuals in the development, implementation and review of good practices, Waikato Regional Council will be able to provide guidance about avoiding adverse effects of activities that disturb the beds of river and lakes. Waikato Regional Council considers that the implementation of an EMS is a self-monitoring approach, which provides a systematic framework for ensuring an organisation complies with environmental legislation and improves its performance.
Economic incentives as referred to in Method 184.108.40.206 such as the Promotion of New Projects Policy, provide a means through which Waikato Regional Council can, in partnership with other organisations, groups or individuals, assist to avoid, remedy or mitigate problems associated with unstable river and lake beds. Economic incentives may be used in circumstances where financial considerations are an obstacle to adopting improved practices.
Rule 220.127.116.11. provides for any bed disturbance activities that have not been specifically provided for, or cannot comply with the rules in this Plan.