A staggered approach to setting minimum flow levels on the Manuherikia River will be considered by the Otago Regional Council when it meets next week.

Last Thursday a public workshop about water management in the Manuherikia Rohe was held at ORC’s council chambers in Dunedin.

The workshop centred on a proposed regulatory regime for the Manuherikia and foreshadowed the minimum flow levels for the Manuherikia River that will be included in a report to be considered by ORC councillors on August 25.

Those recommendations included a staged approach with a proposed minimum flow of 1200l/s at notification in 2023, 1500 in 2030 and 2000 in 2037.

Further details and supporting information would be provided in support of the recommendations at next week’s meeting.

The discussions were informed through ORC’s partnership with iwi, by the Manuherikia Flow Scenarios community consultation, significant technical advice, input from the Manuherikia Reference Group and community discussions about the values for the Manuherikia River.

Options for non-regulatory activities ORC could be involved in were also discussed at the workshop and the council would continue to work with the community to develop options further.

The ORC’s final decision on a management regime for the Manuherikia River will be made when it notifies the land and water regional plan at the end of 2023.

The public will be able to have their say on the proposed management scenario by making a submission when the new proposed plan is notified.