Zwartkops Trust Enviro News 4th Quarter 2009 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 4660165. 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 Page 3 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. For Learners. 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.
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