5 February 2011

Sunset on the Orange River

The authorities at Yarrow Bay (Lake Washington, USA) have declared that here will be “no net increase” of phosphorus runoff into the lake from the two developments it is planning in Black Diamond, The Villages and Lawson Hills, i.e. the pre-development condition will be maintained so that the effect of extant loadings will not get worse. At Hayden Lake (Idaho), an ecologically-important piece of land above the lake has been purchased to prevent it from being developed.

Grand Lake St Mary’s continues to be a problem (see earlier CyanoAlerts).  The conditions in the lake are so bad that the industry dependent thereon is suffering and discounts of up to 50% are being offered just to get people to visit!  “State park visitors bring critical tourism dollars to local businesses and communities across Ohio,” State Parks Chief David Payne said in a release. “It is vital that we remain innovative in our ways to attract more visitors to Grand Lake St. Marys.”A sign of things to come in South Africa if something is not done – property developers and realty brokers beware!

Similar issues prevail, again, down in New Zealand on the Canterbury RiverLake Ellesmere and on the Opihi River.  From Oz is a report that the Wyangla Dam has a toxic bloom, while in New Zealand the Lake Ohakuri warnings have been lifted.

In Australia it has been announced that “Consumers face paying more for water to help clean up under-resourced regional utilities, whose drinking supplies have been contaminated with E.coli bacteria, toxic algae and carcinogenic chemicals.”

This situation is definitely coming soon to South African shores!  “The cost of clean water may climb to help shore-up under-resourced regional utilities that have had to fight E.coli bacteria, toxic algae and carcinogenic chemicals, according to a report by The Australian.A report commissioned by Infrastructure Australia says some regional utilities are not capable of delivering safe drinking water and are putting consumers at risk of becoming sick, The Australian said.To address the issues, the report recommends that water prices be increased to better fund the utilities, adding that the current formula used to fund water utilities is not sustainable.  The report went on to urge state governments to mandate the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines because many rural, smaller utilities are struggling to implement them.”

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