sediment from road construction on a Philippine reef

michelle reyes mzreyes at
Wed Jan 14 00:20:31 EST 1998

A few months ago , sand and soil from a road construction site in the 
Southern Philippines was dumped directly off the mountainside into  the 
sea below . Now 3-4 km of coral reefs are in danger from the resulting 
sediment overload and the corals right at the "dumpsite" are  starting 
to die off. Any suggestions on damage control  measures that can be 
applied immediately or any advice on minimizing further damage to the 
reef / controlling the sediment at the source would be most welcome. 

                                 Michelle Reyes
                                e-mail : mzreyes at

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