Under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), Northland Regional Council (NRC) is required to monitor and report on the state of Northland's environment. Annual reports to this effect have been produced since 1999, with a comprehensive State of the Environment (SoE) report published every five years. The last SoE report was produced in 2007.
The Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) 2007-08 details results from NRC's environmental monitoring programmes from July 1, 2007 through until June 30, 2008. This is the sixth Annual Monitoring Report to be produced by the Council, deriving from the objectives and performance targets outlined in the Northland Community Plan 2006-16 (LTCCP), which include:
To continue to develop and implement a prioritised State of the Environment monitoring programme based on the Regional Policy Statement and Regional Plans, by:
- Reporting to the Council annually on environmental monitoring activities within three months of the end of the financial year.
As in previous reports, information is presented under the following chapter headings:
- Air Quality
- Environmental Compliance
- Environmental Incidents
- Rivers and Streams
- Waste Management
At the beginning of each chapter, performance targets as laid out in the LTCCP are listed, along with a measure of progress against these targets.