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Published: 06 Jun 2019Title: George Municipality Water Update 5 June 2019Status: Garden Route Dam Level: 78.10% Please note the dam level is currently being managed to facilitate construction to heighten the spillway of the Garden Route Dam. Once completed, the heightened dam wall will increase its storage capacity by 25%. Construction is expected to be completed next year.
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26 September 2018

Wilderness and Skaapkop RWilderness and Skaapkop River cleanup as part of International Coastal Cleanup

George Municipality Environmental officials and Tourism officials braved the cold last week to take part in the annual International Coastal Cleanup at Wilderness Beach and the Skaapkop River in Thembalethu.
About 30 people braved the icy sea breeze to take part in the beach cleanup initiated by the Ocean Conservancy, coordinated by PlasticSA and WESSA's Eden Branch.
The Environmental officials did their cleanup in collaboration with Coca Cola and other stakeholders on the 15th of September, while the beach cleanup happened on the 16th o f September.
The group set out in different directions on Wilderness beach to see what refuse they could find. The documentation of the finds are sent to the Ocean Conservancy who create annual cleanup reports that give a clear indication of the extent of ocean pollution - read more about it at oceanconservancy.org.

Even though the beach in front of the NSRI station looked clean at first glance, the group collected a lot of rubbish! This included 394 cigarette butts, 682 small pieces of plastic, 47 straws, 79 plastic bottle caps and 16 pieces of fishing line which could easily entangle or strangle marine animals. The data was tallied and submitted via the Ocean Conservancy's Cleanswell App - an app that anyone can download and use to document trash collected on beaches, rivers and other waterways, and in this way contribute to the research. The group also collected under the Touw River bridge and next to the highway.

Photos by: Pierre Bezuidenhout

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1: The group that cleaned the Skaap River.

2: The officials from George Municipality during the cleanup of Skaap River are from left, Lubabalo Counter, Thembakazi Adams, Iviwe Maboza and Marawayne Williams.

Last published 26 September 2018