Richmond Catchment Management Plan

Only rain down my drain

Illustration in the Richmond Catchment Management Plan

After many years of preparation, Tasman District Council (TDC) has adopted a holistic approach to managing stormwater in Richmond.

It aims to improve flood resilience as well as protect our waterways and the environment.  Since all of the town’s waterways flow into the Inlet, the quality of the flows directly affect it.

The Council asked to Waimea Inlet Forum to provide feedback to the draft plans.  We responded with a submission.  You can read it here

The final documents adopted by the Council take the form of an Urban Stormwater Strategy and a Richmond Catchment Management Plan, along with supporting documentation.  A district-wide urban stormwater discharge consent application will be publicly notified later.

Full details of the final Strategy and Plan are on the TDC website:

Urban Stormwater Strategy
https://www.tasman.govt.nz/my-council/key-documents/more/environment-reserves-and-open-space/urban-stormwater-strategy/

Richmond Catchment Management Plan
https://www.tasman.govt.nz/my-council/key-documents/more/environment-reserves-and-open-space/urban-stormwater-strategy/richmond-catchment-management-plan/

The proposed water contamination risk objectives are:

TDC proposed water contamination risk ojectives

A background report identifying existing stormwater quality and contamination risks was written in 2010.  It gives a lot of detail about the quality of the various streams and drains entering the Inlet and is worth reading.

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