Rule 9A Diversion of water from an artificial watercourse
[The diversion of water from an artificial watercourse or drain, including any associated disturbance of the drain bed or deposition on the drain bed during construction of the diversion; is a permitted activity, provided that it complies with the conditions specified below:
(1) All material used to construct the diversion but which is not part of any diversion structure shall be removed from the artificial watercourse or drain and disposed of in an appropriate manner.
(2) All reasonable steps shall be taken to minimise the release of sediment to water during construction.
(3)There shall be no adverse effects on the availability of water supply for upstream or downstream water users other than for a temporary period during construction of no more than 24 hours.
(4) There shall be no flooding of land, including neighbouring land, on properties upstream or downstream of the diversion.
(5)The ability of the artificial watercourse or drain to convey flood flows shall not be reduced.
(6)There shall be no lowering of water levels in any river, lake, or wetland.
(7) Fish passage shall not be impeded other than for a temporary period during construction of no more than 24 hours.
Note: For the purpose of this rule, “drain” means a highly modified watercourse or river that is channelled to such an extent that it has the characteristics of a farm drainage canal (see section 3 of the Plan).
Note: For the purpose of this rule, artificial watercourse includes an irrigation canal, water race, and farm drainage canal. (see section 3 of the Plan).]
Rule 9A and the notes with Rule 9A were inserted by decisions on Plan change 1 to the Regional Freshwater Plan December 2002