Why is the majority of Knysna’s waste water not meeting standards?” asked John.Buchanan, a retired specialist and engineer. He was at the Section 80 Technical Services meeting on April 12 to call for the use of alternative technologies, different attitude and skills. He was addressing politicians and municipal staff. “Unfortunately,” Buchanan stated, “a lot of the new technologies are not being utilised by smaller municipalities such as Knysna.” PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED He quoted from an CSRI report on the South African situation which found that the main problems were: An over reliance on consultants who normally belong to the civil engineering … ‘Click here to read full article…’
I’ve never seen Knysna Municipality clean Salt River. Since i love it, and it’s important to our estuary, i clean it. Took me two months to heal after standing on half a glass bottle submerged in the marshy part. But the Municipality really needs to clean the litter on the side of Old Cape Road (Oukaapsweg) and the N2, near our waterways where the homeless get high and don’t give a damn about our environment. Why are there no inspectors checking on the road cleaners? Are there inspectors?'Click here to read full article...'
Whilst the navy was, in Knysna Oyster Festival tradition, being escorted by little boats to its berth next to SANParks, little fish were dying (or already dead) half a kilometer away. A Love Knysna subscriber took these photos of baby floaters at approximately 2.45pm yesterday. She said there were hundreds. She happened upon them by the culvert running alongside Long Street, just before the bridge to Thesen Islands and the turn to the Knysna Yacht Club. From the second picture, it seems as if pollution is the cause but that’s a red herring (so to speak). The tide was rising … ‘Click here to read full article…’
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...'
Warning: The Red Tide, a natural phenomenon which lasts for weeks or months, is bad news for holidaymakers to the Garden Route and for those tourist towns that rely on them. It’s also bad news for shellfish and some line fish. BUT all is not bad because there is so much else to do… The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has confirmed the outbreak of Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB), more well known as the Red Tide (please note that the colour can change). It’s infected the coast line and has entered the Knysna Estuary. The DEA has warned against fishing … ‘Click here to read full article…’
What comes out our arses must go somewhere… The honeysucker trucks were again in action in Central Knysna but those sewage problems will soon be past according to the Knysna Municipality (and they have at least admitted, inadvertently, that sewage has been entering the Knysna Estuary): The planned R4,2 million upgrade of the Knysna CBD sewerage reticulation will start shortly. Acting Municipal Manager Grant Easton said it would relieve the pressure on the existing aging system. “At the moment we are experiencing regular blockages as a result of system overload. The current system carries approximately 5100 households from the CBD … ‘Click here to read full article…’
At 15h45, Saturday, 07th March, NSRI Knysna launched the sea rescue craft JAYTEE III and SPIRIT OF KYC following reports of a dinghy, with three men on-board, capsized on Knysna Estuary between the Thesen Island Jetty and the Railway Bridge. On arrival on-scene all 3 local men were found safe on a mud bank. 2 of the men were suffering near drowning symptoms with breathing difficulties and treated by NSRI medics and then transported to hospital in stable conditions by WC Government Health EMS ambulance for observation for secondary drowning. The third man required no medical assistance. It appears that … ‘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…’