A story that fell under the radar was about the causes for excessive seaweed growth in the Knysna Estuary. Shanaaz Eggington, a senior reporter from the Sunday Times, met me, Professor Brian Allanson and others. That’s not quite what i said but when the “red tide” story hit, soon after, a lot got cut as the direction of the article changed. Click to enlarge.'Click here to read full article...'
At yesterday’s Community Services Section 80 meeting in the Knysna Council Chambers, pollution of the Knysna and Swartvlei estuaries raised it’s ugly head as it always does. Mike Maughan-Brown (Director Planning and Development) may be right in that the tide cleans away the ecoli in the swimming areas of Knysna but is that good enough? He expressed that he was happy with the health of the Knysna Estuary. In opposition, James McCarthy (Assistant Head of Municipal Health for the Lakes Area) said, “We are very concerned about land based pollution entering the [Knysna] Estuary.” Their positions gives support to the … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Is weed killer poisoning the Knysna Estuary? The topic has come up before on the Love Knysna Facebook and, apparently, in more detail on Knysna Gossip Girls’ Facebook [now renamed Knysna Golden Girls] where Councillor Eleanore Spies allegedly said she was going to get answers but didn’t. What is this weed killer called? What is its composition? How many tons are used per year? Why hasn’t a councillor or SANParks initiated this topic? If it’s safe, then explain why and let’s move on. For now, these images do nothing to make us feel that our environment is being protected. It … ‘Click here to read full article…’
It’s not toilet paper – yesterday’s government report was correct in that dried sea lettuce is what we’re witnessing on the shores of the Knysna Estuary. What was improper and unscientific in the report released by the Knysna Pollution Action Committee (SANParks, Knysna Municipality, Eden District Municipality and the Knysna Basin Project) was the exclusion of pollution as a possible cause. Yes, naturally induced “hydrogen and phosphate levels in the water which led to last year’s red tide” is a possibility but so can it be from the nitrogen released from the fertilization of lawns and golf courses (of which … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Do any of you truly understand what is happening in your town? If not, why not? I will post a lot more info this week to prove my point regards my header featuring Helen Zille who is by far my biggest failed heroine. She is the Premier of the Western Cape. Her job is primarily to work for us and look after us. She hasn’t. She turns up just before elections and boasts about her good deeds instead of talking about real issues that affect our town. Shake off your bias and judge by actions and reality, not your fears. … ‘Click here to read full article…’
At the Knysna Community Services meeting held yesterday, the results from September’s water samples were presented. They are cause for alarm and the Knysna Municipality must be seriously questioned for failing to alert the public. Note than non-compliance/danger is a reading higher than 500 E.coli/100ml: Queen Street Stormwater – 2419 E.coli/100ml Long Street Stormwater – 3000 E.coli/100ml Train Station Stormwater – 3000 E.coli/100ml KADA Stormwater – 1918 E.coli/100ml Crabs Creek (monitored twice) – 3000 E.coli/100ml'Click here to read full article...'
Pollution continues to be a problem for the Knysna Estuary with May levels of bacteria exceeding acceptable recreational levels in 6 locations (water quality for recreational use may not exceed 400 E.coli/100ml): Bongani Stream 1986/100ml Bigai Stream 548/100ml Train Station culvert 3000/100ml Long Street 512/100ml Queen Street culvert 1576/100ml KADA culvert 1354/100ml'Click here to read full article...'
A door-to-door audit of Knysna’s stormwater and sewerage connections starts this week. The audit is a key project within the ongoing Knysna Estuary Pollution Action Plan, which was launched by the municipality in association with several other stakeholders last year to reduce pollution into the Knysna Lagoon. Knysna Municipal Manager Lauren Waring, who is also the chairperson of the Knysna Estuary Pollution Control Task Committee, said the audit was aimed at detecting and correcting illegal stormwater and sewer connections as well as a determining the overall status of these systems in and around town. “During the compilation of the Estuary … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Dear Lauren Waring I compose an open letter to you because your claim, once upon a time at a Ward 10 meeting, that you answer all queries and your door is open, was a fiction (not your first) i.e. you have never responded to me. Despite the many millions that have been spent on repairing or bandaiding the Knysna Estuary pollution problem, the Knysna Municipality is still not getting the basics done. I have regularly walked or cycled along the Costa Sarda walkway (pavement that runs along the water from Thesen Islands to George Rex Drive). Several times, over the … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The implementation of the Knysna Estuary Pollution Action Plan is well underway and is starting to show positive results. Knysna Municipal Manager Lauren Waring, who is also the chairperson of the Knysna Estuary Pollution Control Task Committee, said several projects within the Plan were completed while on-going programmes were starting to prove successful in reducing contamination into lagoon. “The Action Plan addressed three main sources of pollution into the estuary: the sewer network including the Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW), polluted river systems that run through informal settlements into the estuary, and the stormwater network which has illegal connections to … ‘Click here to read full article…’