Two days February 1 and 2 were declared as National Clean Up day, by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the National Celebrations Committee.
The days saw persons from every walk of life, as well as corporate entities, going out and doing their part to make Grenada a cleaner place.
China Harbour Engineering Company, also got in on the action and sponsored a drive to clean up the Dehar river in St. David.
The Clean-up drive was spearheaded by Roland “Mitchie” Charles, community activist and popular radio host on WEE FM.
The Dehar river is a very important landmark in the community and flows from the Les Avocat dam, which supplies clean water to Minorca, Windsor Forest, Apsley, Perdmontemps, Marian, St. Paul’s, Richmond Hill, Morne Jaloux, La Borie, Hope Vale and Creighton.
Following Hurricane Ivan and the loss of the indigenous vegetation, the river became overgrown with Cane grass which grows in massive clumps and obstruct the flow of the water, as well as forming breeding ground for the Aedes aegypti and other forms of disease carrying mosquitoes.
In the dry season the amount of water absorbed by this grass is quite significant and can affect river-life, like the crayfish and small fish.
In addition, when the river is overgrown, it becomes a natural dump site for persons passing on the bridge above and living along the river.
Several members of the Windsor Forest and surrounding communities came out to give support to the clean up drive and were heard expressing their gratitude for the assistance given by CHEC and their hope that the project could continue.
According to a spokesperson for the company, “China Harbour will continue to show care and consideration for its environments”
China Harbour Engineering Company takes this opportunity to wish the Government and People of Grenada, Happy 40th Independence.