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Taking nuisance algae off the dam

Feb 16, 2018
Taking nuisance algae off the dam

Overstrand Fire fighters Jaco Stemmet, Bradley Grootboom, Francois Marais, Alpheus Mohlabi en Nigel van Wyk assisted Sheraine van Wyk of Whale Coast Conservation and her team of volunteers in a combined effort to harvest and remove algae from the Willem Appel Dam in Stanford recently.

The algae is problematic as it absorbs so much oxygen that the dissolved oxygen levels of the water drop below the level that can sustain life in the water and cause animals like fish and frogs to die.

According to Sheraine van Wyk, Whale Coast Conservation Manager: Green House Environmental Awareness Centre, much of the algae visible on the surface, has now been taken out of the dam - thanks to volunteers who since December last year helped tirelessly to rid the dam of this irritant.

Angelo Aplon, Assistant Fire Chief: Operations and Training, says that reaching out to the community in different ways is part of the ‘Fire is Everybody’s fight’ campaign, “and it is important that our fire fighters also have some away time away from the pressure and stress of fire-related activities”.