Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Estuary Health 15 March 2016

St Lucia Estuary

In the struggle for user groups and Estuary Health this link channel was first dug about three years ago but maintenance was neglected and ocean water inflow into the Estuary stopped.

Recent rains forced Monzi Farmers to step up and dig the channel once again. Let us call it the link channel. It links The iMfolozi River to St Lucia Estuary and the purpose is to drain water away from two low laying Sugar Cane Farms that floods quite easily with a little rain.

With the recent rain that Vryheid e experienced the iMfolozi River is. flowing quite aggressively.

The last two days another channel was prepared.

Cutting at an angle about 30degrees from Link Channel towards St Lucia.

This channel links the link channel to the ocean and late this after noon/early evening it was completed.

It appears that this channel will bring ocean water into the Estuary on high tide and drain flood water away from iMfolozi on low tide. Ultimately allowing water to flow into the Estuary freely. Whether it is ocean or river water.

Petrus Viviers

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