Hawke's Bay's biggest environmental agency will be opposing a protection measure for two of the region's major waterways.
A Water Conservation Order has been applied for, which would cover the entire Ngaruroro, and 7km of the Clive rivers. It is designed to recognise and preserve the "outstanding values" of specific water bodies.
Such an order can impose restrictions, or prohibitions on how water from these bodies is used - which has raised concerns the order could result in job losses.
Yesterday, the Hawke's Bay Regional Council voted unanimously to oppose the order application.