In celebration of Nelson Mandela Day the Water Research Commissions (WRC) was joined by friends from the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, Department of Sanitation, Adopt Moreleta Forum, Friends of Moreletaspruit river reach, City of Tshwane and the Department of Environmental Affairs in cleaning up the river banks of the spruit. Apart from this two team also tested the health of the river systems at two different entry points within the park by means of the miniSASS tool kit. This is a simple tool which can be used by anyone to monitor the health of a river. You collect a sample of macroinvertebrates (small animals) from the water, and depending on which groups are found, you have a measure of the general river health and water quality in that river.
The WRC’s research focus on generating new knowledge in support of policy and decision making, including monitoring of water quality, purification and renewable water. These tools and procedures are used in water quality monitoring programmes, such as River Health, Adopt a River Programme, and many hydrological (quantity), geo-hydrological (groundwater), wetlands and estuaries. Because we have so much ecosystem degradation, a huge focus of research is on rehabilitation, the greening of the landscape, taking care of the landscape in order to improve vegetation cover which reduces soil erosion, save dams from siltation, secure water quantity and recharges river flows, especially during times of low flow or drought. This is all possible with healthy ecological infrastructure. At the WRC ecological infrastructure is dealt with under a flagship programmes called the Green Village & Economy, Climate Change, and most recently Water security. These areas of research are very helpful particularly to rural livelihood and green economy.
Contact : Mr Adriaan Taljaard email: Adriaant@wrc.org.za