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A new approach to protect Christchurch waterways

Anyone causing sediment to run into Christchurch’s waterways may soon be subject to an instant fine.

Regional leader Resource Management Act investigations Valyn Barrett said, “We’ve decided to change our approach. We have always issued infringements for non-compliant erosion and sediment control, but these have typically taken some time to issue. We are now cutting the red tape and, from mid-October, will do it on the spot instead. This will provide a more effective signal to offenders and better environmental outcomes.”

The on the spot infringements approach will begin on October 15 as a pilot focusing on the construction industry around the central Christchurch and Port Hills area.

Over recent years, Environment Canterbury has worked with the construction industry, ensuring they are aware of their requirements to manage erosion and contain sediment. A number of resources have been developed for this purpose, including the Erosion and Sediment Control Toolbox website

Environment Canterbury will be the first regional council to issue on the spot infringements for non-compliance.