Saturday, October 24, 2015

St Lucia Estuary Then and Now

In this picture the deterioration of the Estuary is clear. The picture above is a healthy System more than 20 years ago when human interference balanced the impact of sediment build up due to human manipulation of The Flood Plains in the catchment areas and The Dredging of this sediment in The Estuary System.

The Flood Plains is farmed and drained not functioning at the moment. This leads to the rapid increase of sediment built up in The Estuary system. The last 15 Years, Since World Heritage Site Status, this practice was abolished and The Greater St Lucia Lake System has died a slow death.

Development of infrastructure, that futher destroys Natural Habitat, was fast tracked while the imprtance of Estuary maintanance was neclected.

The drought is mainly blamed for this, but ocean water is absent in The Estuary thus meaning the drought could have been fought of by balancing water levels with fresh nutriant ocean water filled with life giving organisms.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

St Lucia Estuary Demonia 1984

When all human infra structures failed at once when 600mm Rain fell in The Catchment Area's of Five main arteries feeding the system used to be called The Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park.

This one event impacted the face of the Five Interlocking Eco Systems for ever and wiped the balance man brought to the imbalance of flood plain farming out in one swift blow.

A serious of man made dams burst at once unleashed millions of cubic meters of water to The St Lucia Estuary all at once.

Will this phenomenon ever repeat it self again. Well 1987 it did, but the impact was not as enormous as 1984 because the Five Main Arteries had no obstructions and the water could flow freely back into the ocean.

Check Previous Entry to see wat was destroyed over night. One quick sweep.

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St Lucia Estuary Mouth pre 1984

St Lucia Estuary Mouth when there was a healthy balance between sediment build up and Tidal Scouring.

This is the time when the oyster bank at Honey Moon Bend was still alive and healthy. The Fishing hole in front of the islands was more than 11m deep and The Resident Brindle Bass (Garoupa) was not taking a mud bath.

Fishing was Good yes, but more important the Eco System was healthy. Functional and fish could spawn and small fry lived amongst the Mangrove Roots while they grew through puberty to full sexuality.

Many will call this the Good Old Days.

Then in 1984 The Tropical Storm Demoina changed the face and the health of the system for generations to come.

Hard Surface development to control sediment build up is not so much invasive as hard surface roads, hides and 5 Star Lodges.

Hope the balance is restored sooner than later.

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St Lucia Estuary Water Levels

As we approach summer Spring has not had its fill with drink yet.

Estuary levels has never been this low in many years. These paving Bricks has not been exposed in more than 20 years.

Reports from The Lower Regions of the Lake is death of Breeding stocks including Large Grunters. Critics are out spoken about the neglect of The System over the past 15years.

Reed Beds are being cemented in causing the demise of Mangrove Swamps and the critters that reside in these root systems.

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iMfolozi Flood Plain Farmers

The Flood Plain farmers of Lower iMfolozi is so confident that there will never be another flood, they are spending thousands of Rands to sink Bore Holes into the flood plains of the river.

Sugar Addiction is not only taking it's toll on The Health of humanity, but also on the Health of the planet. All around us Sugar Cane replaces Natural and Indigenous Forests.

There is nothing as destructive to our planet as habitat destruction. It cannot be replaced. With out monitory value Nature has no place in The Human Race for Survival.



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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

iMfolozi River Spring 2015

We are well into spring and yet summer rain is eluding us now for the second year in a row. Three years ago the river was in flood from bank to bank making it a bitter sweet sight.

Sweeping the suffocating mud down stream that cemented the demise of St Lucia Estuary as a life giving entity. Cementing the Estuary Mouth Shut. Cementing in the invasion of indigenous Ohlango Reeds.

Very few people understand the vital importance of a functioning Estuary and the current iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority ranks amongst those who have very little urgency to this matter.

Government is on track to proof all wrongs is based on the Atrocities of Apartheid and lost a grip on reality while they find new ways to enrich the rich and enslave the poor.

This drought could have been used to fight soil erosion. Such a project not only improves the condition of our Heritage, but is a great Job Creation and skills development opportunity, It is so sad that our leaders are so blind to the importance of basic conservation issues.

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