Penny Rees
Duzi-uMngeni Conservation Trust (DUCT)


This presentation will be a visual tour of the Lions River compiled during a week-long, 90 kilometre walk from the source of the Lions River to its confluence with the uMngeni River. The walk was undertaken in September 2013 and we found the river to be heavily impacted. We are thus investigating current and potential impacts, as well as methods to alleviate the impacts we observed during the walk. The presentation will enable attendees at the Symposium to gain an insight into the state of the Lions River and how this impacts on the uMngeni River and our water supply. The walking team followed the same methodology as was used during the 2012 uMngeni River Source to Sea walk, when the Mayday team walked the length of the uMngeni River mapping all impacts. The findings of that walk have been distributed to various government and NGO role players, and have been well received with many of our findings assisting in planning and action. In addition, the Mayday team won three awards for their work on the uMngeni River walk.The Lions River is not only the receiving end of the water transfer from Mearns Weir and Springrove Dam on the Mooi River, but is also a major tributary of the uMngeni River, the latter supplyingjust over one thousand million litres of potable water each day to communities between Wartburg, Howick, Hilton, Pietermaritzburg, Vulindlela,Eston, Bothas Hill and Durban. It is thus imperative to ensurethe health of this and all other tributaries of the uMngeni River.


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