To be leaders in Water Management providing Reliable, Economic and Sustainable Supply
Farmers are the stewards of the land and strive to improve the land. Now, that has to be shown to the wider community.
Farm environment plans (FEP) are the means to do this. The aim of a FEP is to identify and then take actions to manage the environmental risks on your property. They help achieve good management practice (GMP).
There are five key management areas that farmers must consider.
As part of our commitment to environmental improvement and environmental stewardship:
Waimakairiri Irrigation uses an Environment Canterbury approved online template, to capture, track, and improve farm management practices. The template has been developed in conjunction with Opuha Water ltd in South Canterbury. The online tool allows shareholders to log on and complete or update their plans from any computer. All WIL FEP’s will be required to use this template.
This guide provides some explanation for using the Waimakariri Irrigation Ltd Farm Environment Plan (FEP) template.
Both our recent water take and land use consents require WIL to ensure all shareholders complete a FEP. Also in late 2016 the Waimakariri zone is going to have the sub-regional planning process to determine the quantity and quality limits for the many waterways, lakes and rivers which feature in our region. The information collected using FEP’s across the WIL catchment will be invaluable going into the sub-regional planning process.
WIL have contracted Paul Reese, Environmental consultant with Irricon to complete the FEP’s.
WIL is assisting shareholders to develop FEP’s, funded through the annual water charges.
To get the FEP process underway with a user name and password for the online tool contact Paul Reese on 0277 31 44 33 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As a cooperative irrigation scheme the coordinated approach will ensure Good Management practice is achieved on farm demonstrating the use of natural resources is being actively managed to achieve high standards of environmental performance and responsible water use. This places WIL in the best possible position to enable our shareholders to continue viable and productive businesses while maintaining flexibility of land use.