Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Topic Options
#329662 - 03/22/09 01:46 AM Severe erosion threatens Monkey River
Short Offline
Encroaching sea threatens Monkey River! Beach depletion could doom village.

Sea and the surf are making mincemeat of the beach at Monkey River.

In south Stann Creek the picturesque village of Monkey River, is slowly disappearing into the sea.

It’s not global warming, because the land is more than two feet above high tide. But the sea and the surf are gnawing at the land and are consuming the old village street by street.

Monkey River, once a bustling little town on the way to Seine Bight and Punta Gorda, has long lost the distinction of Belize Belize’s eighth town and has subsided into being a village once more, but residents are not willing to give up on the old town. They are looking for remedies, and they think they have one.

They believe that water diversion further upstream for shrimp farming and other enterprises have weakened the flow of Monkey River so that it cannot renew the beach with sand from the interior. They want to do some river dredging to renew the flow of the river.

A study performed by Galen University tells them that this is the way to go.

Erosion Committee Chairman Chris Harris told Reporter: “We have a good idea of the root causes of the problem, thanks to a study carried out by Galen University in 2007.

“Our only choice now is to go straight to the top, and we are at this moment seeking an urgent meeting with the Prime Minister.”

Monkey River’s Front Street has already been eroded and now seven privately owned homes are in the battle zone.

Unless the erosion is halted and ecological balance restores, these homes will be overtaken by the angry surf.

“The situation is now extremely urgent” adds Village Chairman Mario Muschamp. We need to begin dredging right away if families are not to lose their homes and property within weeks. If these houses go, our school is next in line. And our burial ground is already under immediate threat.”

Monkey River Village is the oldest Creole community in Belize and important both historically and as the guardian of the Port Honduras Marine Reserve and Paynes Creek National Park.

http://www.reporter.bz/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=3424&Itemid=2
_________________________
Live and let live

Top
#331769 - 04/07/09 06:44 PM Re: Severe erosion threatens Monkey River [Re: Short]
sweetjane Offline
curious: was there any update on this sad story??

Top

Links
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!


Things to do

News
Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
BelizeNews.com
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Amandala
Love FM
The Reporter
Caye Caulker
Chronicles

PLUS TV
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
SanPedroScoop
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater

Blogs
San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
Tacogirl
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Bound for Belize
Conch Creative
As The Coconuts Drop
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Conch Shell Inn: All rooms are right on the beach in the heart of San Pedro, so within walking distance to anything and everything!!
Lil’ Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
Mini Chat

Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
December
S M T W T F S
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Who's Online
1 registered (1 invisible), 43 Guests and 6 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
18,676 Registered Members
44 Forums
64,079 Topics
462,376 Posts

Most users ever online: 1,262 @ 06/10/07 07:16 PM




AmbergrisCaye.com CayeCaulker.org HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town
BelizeSearch.com Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History
BelizeNews.com Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory
BelizeCards.com SanPedroDaily.com Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.