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  • Residents of St. Elizabeth are being invited to participate in a special stakeholder public meeting on Tuesday, February 2, for discussion surrounding the use of the Black River.
  • The public consultation will take place at the Black River High School at 4:00 p.m.
  • The meeting will inform a study on the Black River’s carrying capacity, being undertaken by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), through funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).

Residents of St. Elizabeth are being invited to participate in a special stakeholder public meeting on Tuesday, February 2, for discussion surrounding the use of the Black River.

The public consultation will take place at the Black River High School at 4:00 p.m.

The meeting will inform a study on the Black River’s carrying capacity, being undertaken by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), through funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).

Environmental Solutions Limited is carrying out the research.

Rated as the second longest river on the island, the Black River runs southerly from mountains in the north of St. Elizabeth. It feeds the Upper and Lower Black River Morass before entering the sea in the historic town of Black River which is the parish capital.

It is navigable for about 40 kilometres (25 miles), and is supported by several tributaries including Y.S. Falls, and the Broad, Grass and Horse Savannah streams.

Concerns have been raised about the best use of the Black River, its decline as a tourist attraction, and the increase in growth of various invasive species.

The study will look at the river’s recreational and ecological carrying capacities towards the development of effective management strategy for the site.