Aquatic growth helps clog city waterways
Aquatic growth is one of the causes for the blockage of the free flow of water in canals and alleyways, says Mayor Hamilton Green.
In these canals, the dumping of “rice and dead animals” causes a rich build up in the silt that entices the overgrowth of excess vegetation, he added.
This phenomenon of aquatic growth has “increased in 20 odd years,” according to Mayor Green. He also recalled that many people once fished in outfall channels and this helped to keep the channels free from the excessive build up of silt because of constant activities of fishermen in these waterways.
But, this is no longer the case. Many fishermen are going out into the “deep sea” to find their catch.
The “misuses of canals” by citizens have caused increased silt.
Silt , Styrofoam and plastics are major causes for floods during bouts of heavy rains.
When asked about the uses of weed killers to curb this problem, the Mayor said that it was proposed but is “very expensive.”
He also mentioned that they somehow do not work on the city as good as they do on the estates.
When asked how this is the case, Mayor Green said that it may due to the fact that the estates have vegetations different from that found in the city.
The different types of vegetation that grow among crops may be of a different species from those that grow in the canals and alleyways.
Mayor Hamilton Green said that the social habits of people have changed” over time thus, some people are not as conscientious about the importance of maintaining their environment.
With Styrofoam, plastics and other refuse dumped into canals, there is no outlet for the free flow of water.
The water becomes stagnant and excess silt is deposited in these conduits.