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Basseterre Valley Aquifer to Become a Protected Area & National Park

The Basseterre Valley Aquifer is the largest groundwater source in the Federation of St. Kitts-Nevis. It provides over 40% of the potable water supply for St. Kitts and is a major driver for economic and social development of St. Kitts-Nevis.

Over the past 3 years, the Government of St. Kitts-Nevis through the Water Services Department (WSD), has been implementing an integrated water resources management project within the Basseterre Valley.

This project is part of a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded initiative called Integrating Watershed and Coastal Area Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States.

The project was co-funded by the GEF and the government of St. Kitts-Nevis.

This included a thorough assessment of the groundwater resources and the creation of a strategic water resources management plan.

The project outcomes also included training for proper design of septic tanks, public education and outreach, the construction of an oil / water separator at the Needsmust power station and the installation of critical equipment to prevent water loss.

The cornerstone of this project is the designation of the sensitive well-field area of the Basseterre Valley Aquifer as a Protected Area, to be converted into a National Park (Phase II).

This area includes approximately 500 acres of land in the Ponds-Needsmust area on both sides of the Kim Collins Highway.  The designation was officially gazetted on April 21, 2011 and marked the first major step in the continued commitment of the government of St. Kitts-Nevis to protect this precious resource for generations to come.

An official ceremony will take place to celebrate the designation of the National Park and to close the GEF funded phase of the project.

 

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