Enviro News 4th Quarter
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Pollution in the Swartkops River
Thanks to 2
The recent disastrous sewage 24 Mℓ per day — which is ent quality into the Swart-
Buy Back Center 2 spill (September 2009) from sufficient to manage the kops River and additional
the Uitenhage Kelvin Jones Metro’s wastewater treat- treatment capacity will be
Marine Week 2 Waste Water Treatment ment requirements in the available to support this
Field Guide 3
Works (KJ WWTW), that led Uitenhage area for the fore- rapidly developing area’.”
to a massive fish kill all along seeable future.
the Swartkops River as far as
Odd Bits and Pieces 3 Despatch, got major local and Shortly before this contract
national coverage and yet has was awarded to SSI, the De-
Bait Situation 4
yet to elicit an explanatory partment of Water Affairs
response from the NMB and Forestry (DWAF) prom-
ulgated new effluent stan-
metro. dards for the Swartkops
There appears to be no ex- River catchment to improve
Upcoming Events: cuse for a spillage of this size water quality. The new regu-
because the KJWWTW was lations limited phosphorous
upgraded at a cost of R21.5m concentration to 1mg/ℓ and
12 – 17 October - Marine
in 2008 and, according to the nitrogen to 15 mg/ℓ in the
Week at Samrec,
contractors (www.ssi- final effluent.
Next to Pine Lodge. School kids
come during the week & Sat 17th is dhv.com); Spokesperson for Nelson
open day when the public can come “the existing plant reached Mandela Bay Municipality,
9 – 13hoo (ZT is teaching about full capacity in 2000 and the Anderson Mancotywa, Assis-
estuaries.) municipality subsequently ap- tant Director – Wastewater
proved its extension through a Treatment adds: ‘The up-
Mon 26 October - Green new 10 Mℓ/day module. This graded plant will ensure the
brings the total capacity up to discharge of improved efflu- Hugh Laue with dead fish
Prawns outing to Redhouse.
Meet 9am at ZRC Redhouse for a
walk along the Swartkops. Tea & a Above Cont page 3
chat afterwards. Phone Phyllis for
more info on 041-4660165.
THE “GREEN PRAWNS”
DID IT ON THE BEACH (THIS TIME!) Bellow Cont page 2
Sun 15 November - Beach
walk to Coega. By Phyllis Magda, PRO, and took off at a clip on the ber 1817. “The interest-
Or as far as you can. Meet at BWB general dogs-body of Zwart- newly completed cycle track ing part is that the captain
swimming beach at 9. kops Trust towards the reed dam of The Amsterdam ran the
NB this is a change of date as the where our Jenny excitedly ship aground deliberately
tide was wrong for the previous The advertisements in the pointed everyone’s gaze in order to save those on
date which was 7/11. newspapers and various pub- towards the bright red board. Of course, what
lications alerting the public plumage of some resident was left of wreck was re-
Mon. 16th November -
to the second Green Prawns red bishops and one of the cently buried by the Metro
Green Prawns outing
fun event called for most gorgeous of our water-
“housewives, househusbands, loving feathered friends, the
Contact Phyllis for details on 041- retirees, and anyone who can
swing a cane at cat”. And grey heron. What a treat!
that is exactly who turned up Next followed a crossing
Tues 15th December - for the next fun walk - all over the sand dunes for a
Snare hunt twenty-odd of us, canes and let’s-get-acquainted-with-
School holiday Snare hunt. Meet at all! each-other stroll along the
BWB tennis courts @ 8:30 with
wire cutters. Wear old clothes + azure blue waters of our
bring water. Sweets & cold drinks &
This time the walk started off very own Bluewater Bay
prizes terwards. at the home of Jenny Rump, beach for a kilometre or
Zwartkops Trust’s intrepid two up to the place where
and well known Environ- the ship, The Amsterdam
mental Manager, ably as- was wrecked on 16 Decem- Green Prawns Group Photo
sisted by yours truly, and
CALLING ALL GREEN PRAWNS, THEIR HUBBIES AND AUNT MAVIS TOO !!
The next Green Prawns outing will be 26 OCTOBER at 9am at ZRC (Zwartkops Rowing Club), RED-
HOUSE, from where we’ll explore the beautiful Tow Path. Please bring R4 !
SECURITY WILL BE PROVIDED ! TEA/COFFEE AND MUNCHIES AFTERWARDS !
ALL WELCOME !! DON’T MISS OUT !!
For more info, please call Phyllis at 041-4660165 or 0722077005
Cont from page 1 Pollution in the Swartkops River
This event highlights a major compli- coastline is ribbon housing develop- some say in how the water resources
ance problem regarding proper op- ment. A report in The Citizen quoted of the Swartkops are managed. Al-
eration and maintenance of sewer- Professor Janine Adams, of the Nel- though there are some positive
age works in the Eastern Cape and son Mandela University, who said of moves such as the development of a
Nationally. SA's 256 estuaries, about half were Zwartkops estuary management
still in what could be described as a plan, and a rehabilitation plan for the
In April this year at at a good condition. 'Removing estuarine Swartkops that will hopefully deal
“Implementing Water Allocations” habitat to make room for develop- with some of the worst problems,
conference in Port Elizabeth the ment is the big immediate threat. there is much money an effort being
Water Research Commission said We have a lot of local municipalities wasted in treating the symptoms of
that many of SA's rivers, especially that have to make money, and they
those passing through urban areas, pollution rather than the causes.
pass development plans that should
are continuing to deteriorate. WRC never have got through the system
director for water-linked ecosys-
tems, Steve Mitchell, suggested at all.’
there was a lack of political will to The Zwartkops trust is looking to
tackle the problem. The greatest form a Water Users Association,
threat to the many scenic, species- authorised by the Department of
rich estuaries strung along SA's Water Affairs, that would have
“Swartkops Field Guide” A guide to the
Fauna & Flora of the estuary and surrounds
Jenny Rump has been working hard for teachers. ZT & WESSA will be Snares found during a ZT organized
on a 20 page booklet commis- re printing the “Selection of Plant
sioned by WESSA for the Swart- Found in the Swartkops Valley Snare hunt
kops Estuary & the 2 local reserves. Bushveld” for school use.
All these should do a great
Both WESSA and the Trust will be deal in the deducation of our
able to sell copies which will be youth.
available to members soon.
Congratulations to Jenny Rump
Jenny has also compiled teaching
notes on the estuary and reserves on winning the Environmental
Citizen of the year award Snare Hunters enjoying coldrinks supplied
by Coca-Cola Fortune
Intertidal Saltmarsh DID YOU KNOW...
“The Swartkops Estuary has the third largest area of saltmarsh in the country. Cord grass (Spartina maritima) is the most abundant (50%) of the saltmarsh
plants in the estuary. It is found from the mid-tide level and is succeeded up the tidal gradient by several species including Sarcocornia perennis, Chenolea diffusa
and Limonium linifolium.”
The area covered by intertidal saltmarsh prior to any development has been estimated at 215 hectares, however since then large areas of moslty supratidal marsh
have been destroyed and approximately 166 hectares remains to this day.