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Clean water: 90% of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040

Publication date:  February 2017
Publication reference number:  ME 1293

This document sets out the Government's further work in the ongoing programme of water reform. We are:

  • proposing a target of 90% of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040
  • seeking feedback on proposed amendments to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (public submissions closed on Friday 28 April 2017)
  • inviting applications for the Freshwater Improvement Fund (the 2017 funding round has now closed for applications)
  • seeking feedback on the detail of policy proposals for excluding stock from waterways (public submissions closed on Friday 28 April 2017).

Read the Submissions report and recommendations on proposed amendments to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014

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