Changes afoot for freshwater management

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There have been some changes to watch in the freshwater policy space, with recent amendments made to the Resource Management Act (RMA) to establish a new 'freshwater planning process'.

The recent RMA amendments also introduced a new requirement for farms to have certified ‘freshwater farm plans’ to manage effects of farming on freshwater. While these requirements are likely to be focused on more nutrient-intensive activities like dairy farming, they will also apply to any ‘horticultural land use.

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