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Kenyan Villagers Turn Invasive Water Hyacinth into Moneymaker

The rapid growth of invasive water hyacinths has taken a serious toll on Kenya’s Lake Victoria, creating inhospitable conditions for the fish local people depend on, while sheltering other unwelcome guests: disease-carrying snails and deadly snakes. But with a little help from a U.S.-based organization, villagers living near the lake are turning this environmental crisis […]

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R9 million for waterweed research

The Rhodes Zoology and Entomology Department has been awarded a R9 million contract by the Working For Water (WFW) Programme of the Department of Water and Environment to continue its vital research into biological methods of controlling some of South Africa’s worst invasive waterweeds. South Africa loses nine percent of its precious water runoff to […]

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Clean Water for Christmas??

October 28 2010… Residents of Hartbeespoort Dam in the North West would hopefully be getting clean water for Christmas. Residents of Hartbeespoort Dam in the North West would hopefully be getting clean water for Christmas, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on Thursday.

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The Water Hyacinth Problem

Water hyacinth, Eichhornia crassipes, is widely recognized as one of the world’s worst weeds. The plant is a native of the Amazon, but tolerates a wide range of climatic and aquatic conditions, allowing world-wide infestation across a range of latitudes and climates. In South Africa the weed was first recorded on the Cape Flats in […]

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