Plastic a threat to flamingoes
Saturday, August 23, 2003
The East African Standard (Nairobi)
August 23, 2003
By Daniel Ngure
Plastic waste is driving away flamingos from Lake Nakuru, a major tourist attraction in the region, a Kenya Wildlife Services official has said.
The waste is swept by rain water from Nakuru town into the lake.
Lake Nakuru National Park senior warden Anne Kahihia told an environmental workshop held at Egerton University that plastics were a major pollutant in the lake.
Kahihia said unless the Government bans the use of plastics and polythene papers, the goal of a cleaner and greener environment in Kenya will not be achieved.
She told the workshop that a survey by the park showed that flamingos were declining due to water pollution.
Nakuru Mayor Wachira Ngoru said unless the public stopped purchasing polythene bags and plastics to ferry their goods, the waste would be difficult to control.
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