The Department of Physical Planning and Environment has embarked on a campaign to raise awareness on the issue of illegal sand mining across St. Kitts.
The Observer spoke with Andy Blanchette, a Conservation Officer within the Department, who informed that of late, illegal sand mining has become more pronounced with the boom in the construction industry. As a result, several problems have arisen and it became necessary, as a means of deterrence, to educate the general public on the negative effects of the unlawful activity. He said that both at the coastal level and deep inland at the rivers around the island, the drastic changes in the amount of soil can be seen, and adverse effects are already being felt.
“We can recall what has been taking place when there are heavy rains in the mountainside connecting to the College Street Ghaut. Over the years, we have realized that a significant amount of sand and silt comes through the ghaut and at times flooding is eminent, and this is one of the effects of unsustainable mining of ghaut sand…