ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES - Massive pollution of the Vaal River Barrage and downstream

Environmental issue/project: Massive pollution of the Vaal River Barrage and downstream
Date: 12 September 218

Name of person reporting: Peter Arderne
Email address: mwardern@mweb.co.za
Phone: 083 4577478

Description of issue:

The problem commenced in July when all of Emfuleni Municipality's sewage plants started to discharge 150 million litres of sewage into the Barrage reservior. This has continued and there have been huge fish kills in the Barrage and downstream plus kills of otters, birds and insects. The Gauteng government has allocated R20 million to fix the problem but to date little progress has been made. For the latest news read http://www.fosaf.org.za/read-YWG-135.php

 

Current Issues:

  1. Prospecting for diamonds on the border of the Greater Lakenvlei Protected Environment -Dullstroom
  2. Court Case regarding proposed amendments to the Alien & Invasive Lists & Regulations
  3. Massive pollution of the Vaal River Barrage and downstream
  4. Trout translocation project in the Western Cape by FOSAF and the CPS.
  5. Clanwilliam sandfish in trouble
  6. Fish lose sense of smell in polluted waters
  7. New fish disease (EUS) widespread in Southern Africa
  8. Proposed amendment to Coastal Management Act
  9. Update on the NEM:BA AIS Regulations
  10. William Bower open cast coal mine - near Dullstroom