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Lindy Barrett, Sandi Barrett, Sandy Campbell, Jyson Julies, and Asmaa Mohamed


Geographic focus: South Africa / the Black River  

Date completed: 2002

The Black River that runs through Cape Town suffers both from severe pollution and from an infestation of water hyacinth, an invasive species that grows and multiplies quickly. A team of students from two schools in South Africa used maps to help identify possible sources of pollution discharges throughout the Black River watershed. The students also collected data on water hyacinth distribution using GPS units. To help restore the Black River to its original state, they recommended that the hyacinth be harvested and used to produce fuel and compost.

Topics / keywords: Water Pollution; Invasive Species

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