thought I could smell the stench again this morning. Was hoping it wasn't 🙏. Oh dear here we go again
2 days ago
After months of clean water in the Milnerton Lagoon, it is so disappointing that there have been a number of recent major long lasting spills which has resulted in the recent return of the foul stench and pollution in the Lagoon . While the over flow from Koeberg rd pump station in the video (taken on Friday) was finally stopped on Saturday, photos taken yesterday still show major pollution in the stormwater canal and further downriver.
The lack of capacity to retain spills from this pump station has been identified as a risk factor since the 2020 directive and yet here we are. Not good enough City of Cape Town Dr Zahid Badroodien - MMC Water and Sanitation - City of Cape Town
It is heartbreaking to watch this happen again.
The temporary sandbag wall to prevent pollution entering the river at Erica rd has been successful. Why can temporary sandbag barriers not be used at multiple points in the Theo Marais canal to retain spills like these?
So disappointing. And the lack of clarity on where this is actually coming from is also a huge concern.
the huge population of Cape Town, is not aware of this, and are not seeing this footage or aware of how severe the pollution is and the long term effects that its causing. Why can't we get more support? Clearly City of Cape Town officials also just don't give a dam, even though that ARE AWARE, and KNOW the impact it causes, it's criminal.
The Koeberg Rd pump station handles so much sewage volume that when it fails it is disastrous. It should be monitored 24/7 with an emergency response action plan in place.
Sorry Caroline, I jinxed it but saying how good things were😩
Diabolical and criminal! What does the executive director of CoCT have to say?
Fantastic!been clean for past coupla weeks...even schools of mullet in estuary with commorants+seals hunting 'em!!
Excellent update. Thanks to all concerned.
Now they have it on Camps Bay beach
There is once again an odour emanating from MHS vicinity.
Well done Caroline Marx !
Yes definitely an improvement 👏
That would be wonderful if this is possible,!! 🙏🙏👏👍Please keep us updated?? We need some going news🙏🙏🤔🙄
Looks very clear & clean! 🙏🙏👍👌
Indeed!- well done Caroline Marx for all your efforts and trumpet blowing!!!!!!
Looking great. Can see the bottom of the Lagoon, from the bridge for the first time, in probably 5 years.
Our thanks to council and all of those committed citizens who held them to account 🙏
The river mouth area in Paarden Eiland stinks at the moment
Great effort everyone. Thank you.
Thank you Jean for this really cool picture. It is great help to see the shape of the sand banks at the lagoon mouth, as these are a major contributor to the health of the lagoon. In the last few days, there has been massive sand movement by the fairly heavy wave action and this sand bar has now started to close the main channel/ It is down to about 5 meters wide at low tide and the outflow has been radically reduced. This will unfortunately lead to more toxic buildup in the lagoon again.
and last week...business as usual for Milnerton Munplty+Potsdam sewerage plant,dumping their shit(literally)into Rietvlei!water running out @low tide...foul odour dark brown effluent!!🤬
I joined the group as I've been looking at a property to purchase pretty much situated on the lagoon.
I wasn't aware of the polluted waterways till somebody told me over the weekend.
I'm having second thoughts now.
2 days ago
Comment on the application process for Coastal Waters Discharge Permits for our sh1t to be pumped into the oceans: covering the 3 outfalls namely Camps Bay, Green Point, Hout Bay
Special thanks to Caroline Marx and Prof Leslie Petrik for all their hard selfless work. Your voices count.
Deeply disturbing that for over a month Joubert Street in Strand the Ou Trappie repair has discharged sewage onto the Strand Beach front at the Wilberforce Street outlet near Topaz.
The Louren River repair is completed yet the pending upgrade to Ou Trappies proposal remained pending as the design solution is questionable against a corroded structure likely to see ongoing collapses once the slipline pipe is installed.
Despite engagement to various W&S and Health Respresentatives, answers to our ongoing concerns haven't yielded any completion date nor resolution to the beach closure as season approaches yet lifeguards are unable to train or conduct qualification tests to new candidates lifeguards or nippers.
ReThinkTheStink Bay of Sewage Strand Ward 83 - DA Cllr Carl Punt ARMOUR (Action for Responsible Management of Our Rivers) Dr Zahid Badroodien - MMC Water and Sanitation - City of Cape Town Premier Alan Winde Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis Dr Zahid Badroodien - MMC Water and Sanitation - City of Cape Town City of Cape Town STRAND NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH AND PUBLIC SAFETY FORUM Strand Surf Report and Pics Winelands Surfing Surfing in the South Water Quality Awareness Strand Surf Lifesaving Club Strand Surf Lifesaving WATER SHEDDING WESTERN CAPE. Helderberg Ocean Awareness Movement
Nature has an amazing ability to heal and recover if we treat it with respect, as if it were a member of our family! It is so encouraging to see schools of mullet returning to Milnerton Lagoon, closely followed by cormorants and fisherman! There is still a long way to go but the progress is visible.
Good governance and public accountability make the difference.
#oneocean #swimmableseas #RethinkTheStink
Photo Credit: Will Taylor
Dr Zahid Badroodien - MMC Water and Sanitation - City of Cape Town Alex Lansdowne Geordin Hill-Lewis Eddie Andrews
Fantastic news!!!!! thank you so much for all your efforts and dedication to a safer environment for all xxx
Such a relief to read good news. Thanks to all involved!!
Caroline Marx was at a conference at the hotel there last weekend. Saw so many seabirds enjoying the estuary mouth. Quite a variety of species too. ♥️
Geez that's so good to see
Hi Caroline! This is good news indeed. The temptation for me is to make the lagoon a no take zone until it recovers. I caught and released two leervis 10 -15 years ago in late March and remember it as if it was yesterday! I would also only consider the estuary to be on the road to recovery if the sand prawns recover. I recall that we used to pump prawns alongside the old bridge in the 80's. IF we get to this benchmark then we can rejoice! Neil Jangle and other long time residents mention catching a variety of fish in the early years. CoCT needs to back up their promises by rejuvenating the system.