Valuing Our Waters – Survey

A rocky stream

Nelson City Council

What future would you like to see for local rivers? Should management of rivers give priority to swimming? Kayaking? Irrigation? Native species? Cultural values? At what cost?

The Cawthron Institute is running an online survey to explore how to accommodate diverse interests and values in freshwater management, with a focus on local rivers.

We need a wide range of people to provide input and express their priorities.

Go to the Tasman Rivers website to participate.

Complete the survey by 7 September and you’ll go in the draw to win a $50 prize.

Funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, the survey is part of a three-year research programme to develop tools to improve freshwater decision-making.

The objective of this case study is to help develop a more complete schedule of uses and values of Tasman’s freshwater bodies and to help guide decisions around management objectives for at least some freshwater bodies. This would provide a better framework for managing our rivers including such matters as resource consent applications, targeted research projects, enhancement projects or future plan changes.

In addition to the online survey, the Tasman study involves a series of workshops with a group of local experts from a range of sectors and interests.

Results of the study will be used to further improve the Council’s resource management plan through a future variation or plan change.