Environmental benefits

The Government and Selwyn-Waihora Zone Committee both agree a fully operational Central Plains Water Scheme will deliver environmental benefits for the area. Once the scheme is established, which will include the switch from ground water use to surface water irrigation supplied by new alpine water, the water levels in lowland streams will be restored and water quality improved for Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. Environment Canterbury cannot achieve these without CPWL bringing new alpine water into the Zone to irrigate the 60,000ha of farm land.