Over 60 channel markers, new towpaths and managing pollution in our Estuaries
Channel Markers in our Estuaries
Bill Northrop and his volunteers have updated and upgraded signage and channel markers in both estuaries. Over the last 5 years Bill has planted 44 channel markers in the Bushman’s Estuary and approximately 20 channel markers in the Kariega Estuary.
Slipways, towpaths, paths & jetties
Chester Wilmot has undertaken remedial construction work on towpaths, beach walls, slipways and jetties.
We, together with Kenton Ratepayers Association and Bushman’s Ratepayers Organisation ensure that paths and stairways leading to both estuaries are kept clean and free of vegetation.
Pollution in our Estuaries
Peter Reed has organised professional sample testing of water quality in both estuaries. Three sets of samples were taken
1) The dam at Natures Landing. The catchment includes the outfall from the Marselle sewage works. This showed an unacceptably high level of e coli.
2) The perennial flow of water into the Bushman’s below the Paisley Road path on the east bank of the Bushman’s. The results of this showed very low levels of e coli, and
3) The ooze on the inland side of the Kariega towpath downstream from the Sibuya jetty. These results were by far the worst with a serious contamination of sewage in the water. This almost certainly comes from overflows from septic tanks.
Further sampling will be taken over the holiday period to determine if there is an increase in pollution levels.
Click here to read an article from our June Newsletter on Sewage Solutions (https://estuarycare.co.za/solutions-for-the-disposaltreatment-of-sewage/) We hope it will encourage homeowners along the banks of our estuaries to invest in a more efficient sewage disposal system.