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 Post subject: Dams - water levels
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:46 pm 
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Fellow forumites.

Let's put our collective skills together and put up information on dams that have water all year around.

I'll take the easy ine and kick off.

I have seen Sunset dam at Lower Sabie full in the middle of July as well as in August.
N'semani dam runs lowish during winter but I have not ever seen it empty.

Please add to this for use by others.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:51 pm 
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Kanniedood Dam near Shingwedzi.
Engelhard Dam near Letaba.
Orpen Dam near Tshokwane.


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Kanniedood dam has been empty in April, so anything is possible but it has water most of the time. (I've even seen the Limpopo and Olifants dry)

I would say dams that mostly have water (besides what has been mentioned):

Transport dam
Shitlhave dam
Nyamunda dam
Mingerhout dam
Pioneer dam
and although I suspect it could run dry, I'm yet to find Klopperfontein dry.

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I have never seen Mpondo dam Mlodozi dam or Transport dam dry but anything is possible in a drought
Of course the Lower Sabie dam and lake Panic always have water

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Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:13 pm 
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PJW.

I have never seen Mlondozi dam near Lower Sabie with water in it. I have only ever seen it dry as a bone.

The wier / dam at Berg en Dal was just a small mud pool in July 2007.

I guess this is one of the drawbacks of visiting the park in the dry season.

Does Ngirivane Dam near Satara ever go dry?

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It is currently very low, but still have some water. I've seen it dry once and this winter is another possibility.

I trust you will keep us posted as I'll be there just after you've left and would be curious to know.

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 Post subject: Green dams / rivers
Unread postPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 11:18 am 
I noticed when I was in Kruger last week, that many of the dams and some rivers have turned green with algae. This was particularly evident in the Central areas. It is disturbing to see green crocodiles and hippos.

What is causing this and what is being done about it. I have reda about the draining of the dam nead Tshokwane but it does not stop there.

How is this efecting the animal, fish and bird life because it must surely be causing fish to die and birds to move to other areas.


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Read this article on the main page, it explains the situation.


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KNP Breaches Dam to Prevent Poison Spreading, August 2007
Science Tackles Algal Bloom Problem, April 2008

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This is becomming a problem worldwide. Even in the UK, there is a ford near where I live that we are regular advised not to enter during the summer due to poisonous algae.

I also remember almost walking into a lake near Welkom because the algae was so dense, it looked solid.

Warmer temperatures, water polution etc etc.

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An interesting point of debate: breaching the dam and influencing animal grazing patterns is really a type of farming. How do the Park's manamement determine what is natural , and must be left to remedy itself, versus what is man-induced and needs to be re-balanced by human inter-action.


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 Post subject: Sunset Dam Green
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Thought you would like to see these pictures we have taken of Sunset Dam, my favourite place in Kruger. This green algae is bad as you can see by the pictures. Can anyone official tell us what are the plans? Will Sunset Dam need to be drained?

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Worryingly this is not water lettuce but very poisonous algae. Other dams that have got like this have killed animals coming to drink there.

We watched a spoonbill wading through and just leaving a slimy trail through it. It is very worrying.

I'm with Jock, it would be interesting to know what the ranger intends to do to prevent the animal deaths that have been seen at other dams.

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Those pitures are of great concern Jock! I think everyone loves Sunset dam and to have to drain it would be very very sad :cry:

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