Swimming targets finalised for Southland

Posted 20/12/2018

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At the Council meeting last week, councillors approved the final swimmability targets for Southland. The targets are a requirement of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2017 (NPS-FM).

Councillors approved the final target for 2030 as 65.7% of rivers and 98% of lakes, and the 2040 target as 80% of rivers and 98% of lakes.

Environment Southland chairman Nicol Horrell said the final targets were a commitment by Council to continue improving the quality of Southland's waterways to 2040 and beyond.

"Our recent conversations with the community about their favourite places to swimming reinforced how important it is for people to have access to safe swimming spots."

Under the NPS-FM, regional councils are required to identify and develop targets for increasing the number of rivers and lakes that are suitable for swimming, with an overall national goal of 80% of lakes and rivers swimmable by 2030 and 90% by 2040.

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