Cleaner water for fish and birds

An application by Healthy Waters for a 35-year network discharge consent for its entire stormwater network has been amended to meet objections.

Key amendments will ensure that effects on significant ecological areas are adequately addressed, that specific site issues are considered in more detail and that Healthy Waters improve engagement with stakeholders. Consultation must now comply with the Local Government Act.

Every six years Healthy Waters will be required to report on the levels and types of pollutants in the stormwater and produce a plan to reduce or eliminate these pollutants. For example, levels of oxygen in the water and its effect on fish mortality will be measured.

A number of appellants to the Environment Court opposed the application, including The Stop Auckland Sewage Overflows Coalition (of which the St Mary’s Bay Association is a member) and the Forest and Bird Society.