DSC_8794 Water abstraction is the removal of water from a waterway for irrigation, electricity generation, stock watering, and industrial or urban use. It reduces the flow of a river. The reduction of water in the main river channels reduces habitat variation in a waterway. Over-allocation of water abstraction rights, is now a major problem in Canterbury, Otago, Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay, it can lead to rivers running dry in summer, which is a serious impediment for migratory ﬁshes. Hurunui.
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