04 September 2022

Poor Water / Sewage Management into the Milnerton Lagoon

Current Pollution / Sewage / Stench Situation at Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island

Latest Updates of Media Reporting on the Current Sewage / Stench Situation in Milnerton

Poor Wastewater Management : City of Cape Town

Current Pollution / Sewage / Stench situation at Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island
Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island : Copyright Vernon Chalmers
It is very disappointing to report here on my Vernon Chalmers Photography website that I am as alarmed with the ongoing wastewater pollution, sewage and stench situation here around the Milnerton / Woodbridge Island residential / natural ecosystem environment as everybody else around here (and further afield).

Please Note: Above Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island image is for geographical location purpose only. This image was photographed quite a few years ago. 

Declining Bird Life around the Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island
As a resident of Milnerton and an avid local bird photographer I have witnessed the deterioration of active bird species above and on / in the Diep River - which runs into the Milnerton Lagoon (opposite Woodbridge Island), Cape Town.

A sunny morning with no birds along the Diep River / Woodbridge Island >>

I have seen the deteriorating bird life to such an extend that no birds are perched or in-flight for relatively long time periods (20 to 30 minutes) anywhere along the lagoon or river. Generally here are between 20 to 40 different species continuously active on any given sunny morning. Those days are long gone... 


Current Pollution / Sewage / Stench situation at Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island
Pied kingfisher fishing in the Diep River Milnerton : Copyright Vernon Chalmers

The pied kingfisher above was photographed a few years ago when the water (and marine life) of the Diep River / Woodbridge Island was still part of a clean and healthy natural ecosystem. 

Current Pollution / Sewage / Stench Situation, Milnerton
During some of my walks from the Woodbridge Island bridges along the Diep River towards the Table Bay Nature Reserve entrance (opposite Milnerton High) and deeper into the reserve I sometimes see less than 10 birds (+- 10 minute hike). I've witnessed this deterioration since early 2020.

Sewage Pollution and Stench in (from) the Diep River, Milnerton
I reside in Arnhem which is directly opposite the Milnerton Lagoon / Diep River and am just as concerned as all other Milnerton residents / associated stakeholders with regard to the poor wastewater / sewage management of this ongoing (and stinking) problem.

Updated Article / Media Links of the current Milnerton Sewage / Pollution / Stench Situation

Draft estuary plan, a step in the right direction for Milnerton Lagoon pollution DA >>

Rising Milnerton stench is hitting residents hard News24 >>

The big stink about Milnerton Lagoon CapeTalk >>


Smell from Potsdam leaves residents gasping Online Tenders >>

Milnerton residents ‘sick’ of lagoon stench IOL >>

Milnerton Lagoon suffers yet another sewage spill IOL >>

Frequent discharge of 'poorly treated effluent' into Milnerton Lagoon, Diep River a concern IOL >>

Locals suspect fish-die off linked to Milnerton Lagoon's 'highly polluted water' CapeTalk >>

Dead fish investigated (Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island) Tyger Burger >>

Sewage spills blamed for fish die-off at Milnerton Lagoon Daily Maverick >>

City of Cape Town probes cause of fish die-off in Milnerton Lagoon News24 >>

Toxic sewage spill causes a stink at Milnerton lagoon / Woodbridge Island IOL >>

Call for urgent investigation into Milnerton Lagoon 'sewage spill' IOL >> 

City of Cape Town falling short of directive to clean up Milnerton Lagoon Ground Up >>

Polluted Milnerton lagoon “particularly disgusting” Ground Up >>

OUTA: ‘City is responsible for sewage polluting Milnerton lagoon’ Infrastructure News >>

City of Cape Town pollutes its own nature reserve, monthly water tests reveal News24 >>

We won't take this sh!t anymore, says Milnerton Magster >>

Green Scorpions order City of Cape Town to sort out pollution in Milnerton Lagoon CBN >>

‘Clean the Lagoon now’ Milnerton Central Residents Association (MCRA) Network24 >> 

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