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Health of Macal River prompts residents to take action #537954
08/27/19 05:40 AM
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The deteriorating health of the Macal River prompts residents to take action

Also in the west, there are environmental concerns by residents living along the Macal River. The concerns prompted a public meeting among residents and other stakeholders on the night of August twenty-third. According to reports, low water levels in the river attracted the public’s attention. There is also a notable increase in the growth of algae along the river from the Hawksworth Bridge leading up to Cristo Rey Falls. Residents say this has posed a serious threat to the ecosystem. A group of concerned citizens along with members of The National Students’ Union of Belize, NSUB, suspect that the lack of a proper drainage system in San Ignacio Town, agriculture chemicals seeping into the river from farms along the river, and deforestation have all contributed to its current state.  Among the speakers at the consultation was Mayor Earl Trapp who explained that work is already being carried out to address drainage. In a video provided to us by members of The National Students’ Union of Belize, Mayor Trapp also spoke of additional work being done to mitigate pollutants entering the Macal.

Earl Trapp, Mayor, San Ignacio

“I can tell you that within the next six months we will have finances approved for a proper drainage system and as well, the proposal we are putting through is to get a proper filtration system to divert water that goes directly into the river. As a matter of fact, they have already assigned personnel from the same organization to help us get the proposal together. And then we have Mr. Frutos who is currently working with us and I can tell you that as of recent, at least a month and a half ago we had water testing of which the council is paying for because we had to do it if we are to continue to seek financing through the organization.”

 At the end of the meeting, residents formed a group that is now tasked with actively pursuing the matter with respective government agencies. The NSUB will collaborate with this group to conduct an educational campaign on river conservation to effect behavioral change among residents living along the river and nearby communities.

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Re: Health of Macal River prompts residents to take action [Re: Marty] #538014
08/30/19 06:17 AM
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New River Community Petition
The New River community petition launched by the Friends of the New River Belize (FNR) last week is still going strong! We have now made it easier for you to participate via this online petition! The petition urges the Government of Belize and specifically the Department of the Environment (DOE), among other things, to prevent and control pollution of the New River. The DOE has the legal mandate to implement important functions as laid out in Section 4 of the Environmental Protection Act. The FNR intends to deliver the petition to the DOE in early September 2019. To add your signature to the petition, please click on the link below. Thank you for joining the cause for a healthy New River!

Re: Health of Macal River prompts residents to take action [Re: Marty] #538029
08/31/19 05:12 AM
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The New River community petition sheets can be found at each of the following locations for persons who want to sign. Only persons with IDs (Passport, Social Security, Driver’s License or Voter’s ID) should sign. Tomorrow Saturday, August 31st, we will hit the streets, from Central Park starting at 7:30 a.m.


Frank’s Meat Shop (4th Avenue)
AK Fast Food (4th Avenue - in front of Civic)
RJVS Store - Altamira Road
Chibin Cool Spot-Thunderbolt Pier
Aimee’s Store – College Road
Radio Bahia – 4th Avenue
Pasos Battery Service – Halls Layout
One Stop Solutions – Santa Rita Road
Rainbow FM – 7th Avenue

For any questions and more information, please call 605-1371.

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