Estuary Care members and concerned members of the public have expressed rising concern at the ever increasing sedimentation occurring in the Boesmans Estuary as well as the dune advancing up Dry Bones Valley. Below is an edited version of the reply from Mr Tim Bradbury to our query for updated information on these two issues.
As you probably know, a committee was formed to look at the above problem together with the rivers which are deteriorating at an alarming rate and specialist consultants from Cape Town were appointed to give a report on the situation and this was presented in Aug last year. The report of 100 pages and paid for by several concerned residents considered at least 7 interventions and recommended that dredging was the only and best way to remove over 300,000 M3 of siltation….We called in dredging experts, who gave us valuable opinions on a solution, but there is no doubt that it will take some time to implement the action, maybe 1- 2 years, and in the meantime, the siltation continues to build up.
We are actively carrying on with removing the Dune from the car park at the end of Westbourne Rd and have obtained the cost of the necessary equipment to pump the slurry sand away….The eventual cost of this operation will be close to R 2M….and it will be a miracle if any finance is available from rates or the local community.