Changes in land use can effect the quality and availability of fresh water. In particular, the intensification of agriculture and the growth of cities and towns (urban development) effect our water resources.
Regional councils are concerned that the rate of some changes are faster than the capacity of regional plans to adapt and put sustainable management frameworks in place. This creates uncertainty for the agricultural sectors, for regional councils, and for those with an interest in the environment.
The following sections describe managing land use and its effects on water:
Last updated: 2 December 2008