WCO lodged to protect Hawke’s Bay’s Ngaruroro River
An application for a Water Conservation Order for Hawkes Bay’s Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers has been jointly lodged by a group of organisations, including Fish & Game, Ngati Hori ki Kohupatiki, Forest & Bird, Whitewater NZ and Jet Boating NZ.
A Special Tribunal appointed by the Environment Minister is now considering the application and calling for public submissions.
Water Conservation Orders give rivers and lakes the equivalent of National Park-type protection. If the application is successful, it will be only the 16th of New Zealand’s many waterways to be protected by a WCO.
The five-person Special Tribunal says that public submissions must be lodged by 4pm Friday 24 August.
The Tribunal will then hold a hearing and write a report, including a recommendation on whether to grant the Water Conservation Order.
The final decision will be made by the Environment Minister.
To make a submission please click on the following the link: www.epa.govt.nz/ ngaruroro
Image credit: F&G