Surface Water Quality


The QP guidance note on Surface Water Quality has been superseded by the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014. The freshwater NPS sets out the objectives and policies for freshwater management under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA).

A national policy statement is a planning instrument available under the RMA, which must be interpreted and given effect to within the context of the RMA. The freshwater NPS gives direction on the outcomes sought for water allocation, but it does not specify how to achieve these outcomes. It is up to local authorities and their communities to determine appropriate local objectives and methods to achieve the outcomes.

The Ministry for the Environment has produced (and is continuing to produce) a range of guidance resources to support the implementation of the freshwater NPS. This guidance is available on the Ministry’s website.