Low water levels a problem for the Dusi

2014-12-29 00:00

THE organisers of the Dusi Canoe Marathon are concerned that poor rainfall may affect next year’s event.

They are watching the low water levels and the lack of flow into the Msunduzi and Umgeni rivers very carefully.

The event is scheduled from February 19 to 21 and participants will race from Camps Drift to Blue Lagoon in Durban.

Dusi Umgeni Conservation Trust (Duct) general manager, Doug Burden, said: “Without any rain, there will be no improvement in the condition of the ­river.”

“A group of us recently completed the Canvas Dusi and we got a good look at the situation on the river and following that we have been trying to get ­authorities to fix issues like the sewage works at Darvill.

“Litter is and always will be the hardest thing to curb on the river and during our paddle, we noticed that there was a massive tree block where a lot of litter has gathered but we will have that cleaned up before the Dusi,” he added.

The South African Weather Services has predicted little rain over the next few days.

Umgeni Water spokesperson Shami Harichunder said the annual release of water from Henley Dam into the Msunduzi River would increase the flow and water level during the event.

Duct has also joined forces with the Department of Environmental Affairs to conduct clean-ups and aerial sprays which help them manage aquatic plants that choke the route.

• siso.naile@witness.co.za

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