Potential flooding forces Barbados Government to unblock Graeme Hall Wetlands sluice gate

Is it the power of blogs or a mere coincidence that late yesterday or early this morning government sent heavy equipment to remove sand from in front of the (Graeme Hall RAMSAR wetlands) sluice gate and in the canal to allow some of the water that has built up due to recent rains to be released into the sea?

Of course all of the garbage, plastic bottles etc that were trapped behind the gate will now go into the sea and wash back on the beach.

Let us wait and see how long they will allow the flow to continue. Will they wait until locals and tourists complain about the “coloured” water in the sea?

How much easier it would be to have an operable sluice gate or mechanism that allows easy and frequent management of the flow of water as recommended by the ARA study in 1997.

… posted as a comment by BFP regular reader Nostradamus

For background on how and why the Barbados Government has deliberately allowed the vital Graeme Hall RAMSAR Wetlands sluice gate fall to pieces and the channel be blocked with sand and garbage, read BFP’s article Major Environmental Engineering study slams Barbados Government over imminent death of last Mangrove wetland. Government destroying RAMSAR natural heritage site.

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9 responses to “Potential flooding forces Barbados Government to unblock Graeme Hall Wetlands sluice gate

  1. Douglas Newsam

    There is a report on Caribbean360 that the Nature Sanctuary has released security video tapes of intruders at the sanctuary and the damage they are doing. This (last) wetland is being destroyed while the authorities twiddle their thumbs.

  2. CENTIPEDE

    well – it’s a white-owned operation so what do you expect? … should the owner grease a few palms? (I dont mean trees….)

  3. John

    Just come back from Worting beach to see the governments handiwork. Having removed the sand to clear the flooding problem, they have simply jjust filled it back in again with the same said sand & as you stated, the garbage is floating about ready to be released into the sea at a later date. Once again, as you say, how much simpler would it be to fix the problem properly?? Or would that be against the gov/clico plans to let the mangrove die & sell the land as prime real estate???????

  4. BFP please keep these environmental issues in the spotlight as your blog has wide readership. Your blog is the only way to get the message out to the decision makers even if its relayed third hand.

  5. BFP

    Thanks for the encouragement Kammie.

    From the start we wanted to reach an international audience rather than have BFP turn into the usual small island blog that attracts only a limited local readership. Judging by the visitors from all over the world, we chose the correct path. When foreigners arrive at BFP for the first time they usually click around for a few minutes which I understand is a big deal to people who are up on internet audience counts etc.

  6. John

    John
    May 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm Just come back from Worting beach to see the governments handiwork. Having removed the sand to clear the flooding problem, they have simply jjust filled it back in again with the same said sand & as you stated, the garbage is floating about ready to be released into the sea at a later date. Once again, as you say, how much simpler would it be to fix the problem properly?? Or would that be against the gov/clico plans to let the mangrove die & sell the land as prime real estate???????

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    A different John, not me!!

    I haven’t been and looked as yet but hopefully will get there soon.

    A very interesting problem to think through.

    I figure I can identify at least three springs by using Senn and the 1951 maps, all outside of the bird sanctuary.

    More interested in finding these now.

  7. http://bajanreporter.com/?p=13362
    Video Tape of Crab Poachers Released by Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary

  8. Too often I see land owners allow arable land to become rab land. The removing of Khus Khus grass and vegetation in an effort to allow topsoil to wash away is the norm. Only persons without social connections and those who speak out are truly held accountable.Who guards the guard?

    It difficult to say but too many decisions are made for short term benefits, at the expense of the sustainable development of the country.

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