Water lettuce cleared

2016-04-06 06:00
Photo: angus pYke A view over the Little Amanzimtoti River after it had been cleared of water lettuce.

Photo: angus pYke A view over the Little Amanzimtoti River after it had been cleared of water lettuce.

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THE Little Amanzimtoti River has finally been cleared of water lettuce (Pistia) after 20 weekends of hard work by Toti Saints members, assisted by Toti Conservancy, My SapphireCommUnity, eThekweni council and the public.

This is a fantastic effort considering the state of the water and the difficulties accessing the river. Many ingenious methods were tried to remove the tons of aquatic weed, including a weighted tennis net and a contraption made of poles with six inch nail spikes.
The most effective method was pure hard work with a pitch fork. Some spraying has helped with control and bugs have been released upstream for long-term control.

On-going maintenance is required so if anyone would like to participate, please contact Toti Saints or Toti Conservancy on Facebook. - Angus Pyke.

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