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Water Management Act 2000 No 92
Current version for 1 November 2019 to date (accessed 20 February 2020 at 20:35)
Division 5 Floodplain management
28 Application of Division
(1) This Division applies to the provisions of a management plan to the extent to which they deal with floodplain management.(2) The floodplain management provisions of a management plan may apply to the whole or any part of a water management area.
29 Core provisions
The floodplain management provisions of a management plan for a water management area must deal with the following matters—(a) identification of the existing and natural flooding regimes in the area, in terms of the frequency, duration, nature and extent of flooding,(b) the identification of the ecological benefits of flooding in the area, with particular regard to wetlands and other floodplain ecosystems and groundwater recharge,(c) the identification of existing flood works in the area and the way they are managed, their benefits in terms of the protection they give to life and property, and their ecological impacts, including cumulative impacts,(d) the risk to life and property from the effects of flooding.
30 Additional provisions
The floodplain management provisions of a management plan for a water management area may also deal with the following matters—(a) proposals for the construction of new flood works,(b) the modification or removal of existing flood works,(c) restoration or rehabilitation of land, water sources or their dependent ecosystems, in particular in relation to the following—(i) the passage, flow and distribution of floodwater,(ii) existing dominant floodways and exits from floodways,(iii) rates of flow, floodwater levels and duration of inundation,(iv) downstream water flows,(v) natural flood regimes, including spatial and temporal variability,(d) the control of activities that may affect or be affected by the frequency, duration, nature or extent of flooding within the water management area,(e) the preservation and enhancement of the quality of water in the water sources in the area during and after flooding,(f) other measures to give effect to the water management principles and the objects of this Act,(g) such other matters as are prescribed by the regulations.