Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Praying for Nature

#St_Lucia_Estuary : The question on every ones lips, is the mouth open. No sorry not yet. The Authority has a promise of starting somewhere in the near future of this to happen.

On the mean time the realist amongst us is turning our eyes to nature. Yes we have a Equinox on 20 March 2015 that coincides with a Spring Tide and a wondering Tropical Storm in the Northern regions of The Southern Indian Ocean. All this with healthy water levels in the Estuary has our prayers and hope vested in a natural breach.

By Petrus Viviers
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Sunday, March 08, 2015

"The Sink Hole"

#St_Lucia_Estuary
#Conservation101

St Lucia Estuary has been manipulated since 1911. Fact is this Fragile Eco System is the corner stone of a very large unseen Habitat.

Human emotion is only sparked by what they can see and not what counts.

For the past 15 years there has been no interactive management plan to manage the 100 year old Top Soil problem created by Flood Plain Farmers and poor soil erosion management upstream in the catchment areas.

Up until 2001 The funds obtained through Beach Driving permit sales. This funds was used in a dredging program that maintained a sand put in front of the Ski Boat Club to manage the soil erosion.

This phenomenon that we experience in front of the mouth area now, proofs that the push from the ocean pulverize the man made plug in front of the Estuary opening.

In these photos it is clear that the water table and the low tide suction creates a recession in the mouth area that is lower than the water table or better known as mean sea level.

With Spring high there is a positive wave action push that pushes this water locked pulp futher into the system.

One wonders how a bigger one mouth system between the Estuary and the iMfolozi River is going to plug this problem.

With out a positive management plan interaction between the Estuary and the Indian Ocean is absent. This leads to the decline of Prawn population, both in the Estuary and The Ocean, that has a negative impact on the Fish Migration habitat from Kosi Bay in the North stretching further South than Durban.

Hope that the Park Authorities will start focusing on what really counts and stop spending valuable resources on cosmetic superficial cosmetic upgrades.

The same Park Authorities is playing the emotional card that Recreational Anglers has a real impact on the environment and their activities should be curbed.

This is the worst case of blame shifting any one can do to create a smoke screen while real life issues is being avoided.

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Saturday, March 07, 2015

Equinox 2015 is coming

Since The Wetland Park Authority does not recognize the rights of domestic tourist and wrong fully target the recreational angler in specie conservation all we can do is turn to prayer for wisdom against this great injustice.

Luckily the iMfolozi River is flowing giving us hope for a natural breach. This is about the only thing left to fight against habitat destruction that goes by un attended.

With the flow of iMfolozi sorted and Equinox 2015 around the corner this storm warning is a welcoming omen.

S Indian Ocean: Storm Alert issued at 7 Mar, 2015 6:00 GMT (Final Warning)

Tropical Depression FIFTEEN (15S) currently located near 16.2 S 41.0 E is forecast to strike land to the following likelihood(s) at the given lead time(s):

Yellow Alert Country(s) or Province(s)
    Mozambique
        probability for TS is 60% currently
Yellow Alert City(s) and Town(s)
    Mogincual (15.6 S, 40.5 E)
        probability for TS is 60% currently

Only nature can care for it self because legislation prevents us to take action and is protecting the Custodians from their responsibilities.

We hape Nature can cure it self that this very important Eco System can function once again.

Petrus Viviers
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St Lucia
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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Channel maintenance.

UCOPS had a farm under water and something had to be done with the standing water. Apparently the hydraulic lock between the closed iMfolozi mouth and the Mtuba water works does not play a very important role in the availability of water up stream.

This lead to a brief stand of between Park Authority and The Farmers.

The Farmers claim they have the right to drain the access water into the ocean. The Park Authority dispute it.

Fact is the flood plain farms was developed many years ago to bring relief to farmers during dry spells and during wet spells they where abandoned. I know as a school boy we use to go mad on our motor bikes down in the plains and earned extra petrol by driving the tractors that plowed the rough land scape after the water receeded. Those years UCOPS and Parksboard was forced to work together with reclamation.

Reclamation took over after the farmers proofed their worth in balancing man and nature with beautiful hard surface development. It was just before people knew the on shore currents actually flow from South to North.

Any way to cut a long story short. UCOPS and the authority agreed to disagree but UCOPS took the challenge to revive the link channel and drained 500mm of water away from the flooded 30/40 hectares.

This is one of the pictures taken on the day the link channel was re commissioned.

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