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Jul 7, 2021

Restoration Activities for the New River

A portion of New River which stretches from the toll bridge to Trial Farm Village in Orange Walk District remains critically stressed and shows the highest levels of chlorophyll and lowest levels of dissolved oxygen.  According to the Department of the Environment, this is indicative of an algal bloom which is detrimental to aquatic life.  The D.O.E. says that the area is being affected mainly by industrial, agricultural and urban discharges.  On Friday, government announced via press release that consultations have begun with various stakeholder groups that reside within the New River watershed.  The process will provide valuable insight into stakeholders’ views, concerns and recommendations for consideration in developing a management plan to restore and conserve the New River watershed.  Industries, farmers and the public can assist by ensuring that they are complying within their property with adequate waste management practices and vegetation buffer along the river to reduce the organic load entering the river.

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