10 JUNE 2020: SNOW IN THE KOUE BOKKEVELD
Snow has fallen in the Koue Bokkeveld. The snow and at least 90 mm of rain that fell in some parts of the catchment has brought a welcome relief from the drought that has plagued this region since 2015. The rivers have started to swell and the precious water has begun to fill dams and reset freshwater ecosystems downstream. As the snow melts, it too will contribute to the runoff, keeping the rivers flowing a while longer. The Koue Bokkeveld will need at least another three fronts of this magnitude to break the drought and replenish groundwater resources which farmers are increasingly resorting to in order to supplement surface water. The FRC continues to monitor rivers and engage with key stakeholders in this critical catchment in the interests of balancing the needs of agriculture and freshwater biodiversity.
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