Water bodies of national importance for recreation identified


The Ministry for the Environment has issued a discussion document on freshwater values and use and is seeking feedback on the issues and options identified. As part of the Sustainable Water Programme of Action the Ministry has identified water bodies of national importance for recreation (map) and says Canoeists and kayakers appear to be well represented in the survey results, probably due to the high level of organisation of their national representative body and a high level of response to the opportunity to influence national policy. As a result, the water bodies identified in the internet survey strongly reflect canoeing and kayaking values. (section 4.3). However, some river and lakes of importance to kayakers may not be listed, so submissions are welcomed until 18 March.