On the third day of the Source to Sea walk in May, we crossed our first
tributary and were horrified at the infestation of invasive plants which we thought were being carried down by the stream. You may recall that we reported that from that
point on the pristine grasslands and river banks became an ‘alien hell’.
We were all down in the dumps and depressed by the wattles on the river banks,
the stands of brambles that shredded our legs and the forests of bug weed.
Well, today I learnt the truth. Up until two years ago, Umgeni Water were appointed
by Working for Water as Implementing Agents to clear invasive plants. Starting
at the source they cleared all the invasives along the river, starting up at
the vlei, and ending – yup, at that stream.
So this is perfect proof of how well the invasive clearing works, as well as how well they cleared.
Next week is National Clean Up Week. DUCT and Working for Water are clearing alien plants along the river banks and tributaries, as usual. Why don’t you contribute to keeping our water clean by clearing any litter you observe on a river bank near you?