Securing Our Region's Future
The magnitude of the issue has reached a critical point. Each summer, the situation is getting worse as flows in the Waimea river drop so low that residents are affected by water shortages, crops die, saltwater intrusion affects the freshwater aquifers, and fish and other aquatic life struggle to survive. The river cannot continue to sustain the demands being made of it.
To improve the health and maintain the mauri of the Waimea River, summer water flows must be increased. Otherwise, homes and businesses – both rural and urban – will face severe summer water rationing and radically reduced water allocations. Small and medium businesses will be forced to reduce operations or shut down, which will dramatically impact the regional economy.
The preferred option for resolving the region’s water shortage crisis is the Waimea Community Dam. Years of investigation, research, reports and analysis has found the dam is the cheapest and most practical solution. The Waimea Community Dam will provide a secure future for Nelson Tasman, where businesses can prosper, residents will have enough water to meet their everyday needs, and the health of the Waimea River is improved.
Read here for the latest media releases on the Waimea Community Dam and news articles about the project.
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Access to water affects everyone in Nelson Tasman. The #WaimeaDam would provide access for 100 yrs for urban residents & regional businesses
Irrigators taking responsibility for largest share of funding 4 #WaimeaDam, as they should as the largest user of the water-John Palmer, WIL
Years of investigation, research, reports and analysis has found #waimeacommunitydam is cheapest, most practical solution to water shortages
Horticulture businesses & farmers employ 1000s of people, espec in summer. #waimeacommunitydam is essential to their survival & job creation
New rules locally and national legislation means better management of water must be urgently addressed.
The Dam will improve the health of the Waimea River by increasing its water level in times of low flow to ensure a healthy river ecosystem.
Water security is vital for a prosperous regional economy.
Testimonials from members of the community.
The Waimea Community Dam
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