SALDANHA BAY MUNICIPALITY

AIR QUALITY REPORTS / ENVIRONMENTAL

The Municipality’s monitoring network consists of two fully automated ambient air quality monitoring stations and seven dust fallout monitoring sites. These sites are designed to measure criteria pollutants including sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide(NO2), oxides of nitrogen(NOX), ozone (O3), particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), dust fall out and meterological parameters (weather conditions). Ambient air quality monitoring must include current weather conditions.

Data collection commenced in July 2014 and to date the National Limits have not been exceeded.

AMBIENT AIR QUALITY MONITORING

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AURA IN THE SKY

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We would like to acknowledge the value and support that we receive from these organisations:

The Saldanha Bay Water Quality Forum Trust (SBWQFT) is a registered non-government organisation (NGO) that is voluntarily funded by large, medium and small industries operating within the area. This NGO creates a platform for discussions and mutual consent on the limitation and remediation of impacts on water quality and the marine ecosystem.

The SBWQFT acquires, receives and evaluates monitoring information effluents, marine water quality and ecosystem health. For over a decade the trust has collated scientific data, from the Saldanha Bay and Langebaan Lagoon ecosystems. The monitoring includes avifauna, many forms of marine life and sediment sampling at various points within this unique ecosystem.

The Trust was established on July 13, 2000 (letter of Authority No.IT2049/2000).

 To assume shared responsibility for maintaining the health, diversity, sustainability and productivity of our own coastal environment. Establish and implement a comprehensive overall water quality monitoring programme in St Helena Bay, endorse proper planning to cope with potential environmental disasters in the dedicated area, in general support, uphold and co-ordinate the environmental integrity and well-being of the West Coast coastline as a whole, and to promote full compliance with National environmental legislation by all parties.

From 2000, the West Coast stretching from the Milnerton Diep River in the South to the Berg River in the North became a Biosphere Reserve; this new status requires us that live here and those that visit to participate actively in the process to reach the objectives that all Biosphere Reserves must fulfill.

Biosphere reserves are territories with beautiful landscapes, a considerable abundance of species of fauna and flora, its own and unique culture, where harmony between development and the natural surrounding is promoted. 

They are like specific areas where models of sustainable development, that seek better living conditions based on environmental principles, are tried and proven.