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Newsletter 10, Sept 2016

by Dr Odette Curtis.

Update on the Watercourse Restoration Project

The Watercourse Restoration Project is fast nearing the end of the first year of implementation.  It has been a fascinating journey this far and we have been fortunate to be able to explore spectacular watercourses while meeting incredibly committed and passionate farmers and, of course, spend time getting to know all the critters that call this habitat home.  We have neared the end of our planning phase and are now able to begin the implementation of various management intervention projects.  We have kicked off with a soil erosion project on the Freek Botha River that will combat sheet erosion along catchments and watercourses as well as more serious gully erosion.  As always the project implementation involves plenty of planning, extension work, buying of equipment and the sweat of manual labour.  The first project seeks to combat sheet erosion along a catchment with soil saver geotextile ‘blankets’.  The images below show the extent of erosion and the initial work achieved to date.

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