Rangitata dam proposals

The Timaru Herald reported on Monday 20 December, that at least three irrigation schemes are planning to extra water from the Rangitata river. Ruapuna Irrigation Limited have applied for resource consents (CRC000793 and CRC000794) to extract water from the Rangitata river near the current irrigation intake. Another scheme suggested by the Mid Canterbury Irrigation Enhancement Society proposes spending $278 million on a "huge" dam at the top of the Rangitata Gorge. The NZRCA will be responding to the proposals next year, but kayakers are invited to make individual submissions also.