The Upper uMngeni Catchment Management Forum meets quarterly in the boardroom at the Department of Water Affairs offices at Midmar – last meeting for 2013 is TODAY AT 9.30am
The purpose of the forum is to provide and share information and promote public participation in all aspects of water resource management in the uMngeni river catchment from Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve to the headwaters at Umgeni Vlei.
The focus of the forum right now is to collaborate in projects aimed at developing a water quality buffer around Midmar Dam. Midmar is the uppermost of four water-supply dams on the uMngeni river and is in danger of going green like Hartebeestpoort dam because of pollution from the rivers flowing in. This pollution ranges from raw sewage from Mpophomeni and animal waste from intensive livestock production to agricultural chemicals from crop farming and silt from bare and eroded land.
The situation is likely to worsen with transfer of water from the Mooi River at Spring Grove dam to augment the now inadequate supply from the uMngeni. There is a major programme in the offing, promoted by the South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in partnership with national and local government and a number of NGOs, private companies, statutory bodies and research institutions, to maximize the benefit of natural ecological processes through sound environmental management and rehabilitation of damaged or degraded areas. This is going to require a lot of funding and a huge amount of public goodwill and support so the more people who are aware of the programme the better.
Much of the agenda of the final meeting for 2013 of the Upper uMngeni CMF, to be held from 09.30 on Thursday November 28 at the Midmar DWA offices, will be devoted to “Saving Midmar” and the main presentation will be by DUCT’s Penny Reese who will report on her recent walk with Preven Chetty down the Lions River and how what they saw affects the dam. Meetings of the forum are open to all and you are welcome to attend. For more information contact Peter Thomson at 033 3307442.