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Media Release: Water in Knysna estuary meets set criteria

Date: 2nd July 2014

The recreational site allocated for swimming and other related sporting activities during the upcoming Knysna Oyster Festival meets set standards.  This was confirmed by at least seven samples collected from the deep water channel at the turn of the tide last week. 

The area sampled is a site close to the Angling Club. "Last week’s sample results testing e-coli counts fall way below the 400 mark stipulated by the Department of Water Affairs" according to Senior Section Ranger for the Knysna section of the Garden Route National Park, Owen Govender.  The Knysna Pollution Action Committee (including SANParks managers of the Garden Route National Park), the Knysna Municipality, Eden District Municipality and the Knysna Basin Project) has agreed to take samples every week during the Knysna Oyster Festival. 

Various water activities in the Knysna estuary include swimming, stand up paddling, jet skiing, boating, sailing, snorkeling and diving.

The Knysna estuary is the largest on the south coast and possesses the highest plant and animal diversity of all South African estuaries.

The Knysna Estuary 

Issued by:    
South African National Parks (SANParks) Garden Route Communications

Nandi Mgwadlamba
Regional Communications Manager 
Tel: 044 302 5633; Cell: 078 702 9663


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