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We advised against One-Eyed River development

Published:Saturday | September 5, 2015 | 9:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I refer to your article on Page A1 of The Gleaner of September 2, 2015 regarding the presence of a river in Manchester known as 'Noisy River'. There is no such named river in Jamaica. This is the name that local persons have given to the river because of the sounds (noise) made as the water flows over the limestone rocks.

The river is officially the One-Eyed River, which has its origins near the southern edge of the Cockpit Country in Trelawny. The Hectors River sinks near Troy and rises below the Oxford Cave as the One-Eyed River. The One-Eyed River flows on the Manchester side (just inside the Manchester/St Elizabeth border) and again sinks into the limestone formation after passing the Water Resources Authority (WRA) gauging station at the bridge at Oxford. The One-Eyed River once more rises at Mexico in St Elizabeth and flows to the Black River.

The WRA was requested by the National Environment and Planning Agency to comment on the establishment of ecotourism facilities, including sanitary conveniences that would discharge into the limestone, along the One-Eyed River. The WRA recommended that the proposal should not be approved as the risk to water contamination was high. The Authority hopes that any ecotourism project will ensure that adequate water-resource protection is put in place.

I must comment on the use of local terminology that is replacing the historical and true names of places across the island. This has become chronic and indicates very little knowledge of Jamaica's geography on the part of persons and the media. In The Gleaner of September 3, 2015, as an example, Scott's Pass in Clarendon has become Scotts Path.

BASIL FERNANDEZ

Managing Director

Water Resources Authority