Wetlands, Rutter Road, Task Team.
A group of 15 interested residents met on 23/05/2002 to hear Clifford Dorse
(Zandvlei Nature Reserve Manager) explain and discuss the problem waterweed
encountered in their area. He explained that to manage the area efficiently and
effectively the Westlake Wetlands and other pockets of land need to be
amalgamated so that a sustainable management programme can be applied.
Zandvlei Trust Exco re-initialised a proposal to Environmental Management and Council
that certain land areas be incorporated into a Greater Zandvlei Estuary Reserve.
The catchment areas north of Zandvlei is where the problems usually occur. The water carries silt, water bourne and other nutrients and the exotic
and invassive waterweed into the Westlake Wetlands and pose very expensive
control measures to eradicate. The waterweed can pose a flood threat in the
winter rainy months, if it is not kept in check. The natural reedbeds are not used to filter the silt, nutrients,
waterweed and litter from the rivers before entering Zandvlei. This is a
throwback to the 1960's when canals were Engineered all over the Cape Flats to
remove the water as quickly as possible from residential areas.
The removal of the exotic waterweed is being managed with host plant weevils and
mechanical means. Clifford explained that budgets have been cut and the
neccessary funds are not available compared to last year.
He asked the group headed by John Fowkes to
come up with working solutions to compliment the Council's effort, so that the
residents can continue to enjoy the benefits of living near the waters edge.
The interest group will go and work out a plan and propose ideas, how all
involved can have a win–win solution.