With the ongoing use of Bonaire’s recently installed sewer system for properties near to or adjoining the coastal areas of Kralendijk, the Waste Water Treatment Plant reached a milestone last week when they processed the 1000th batch of wastewater on August 1st, 2016. This equates to more than 276,050 cubic meters of treated wastewater since its launch in early 2015. The treated water is distributed daily for use in irrigation.
A total of 16 farmers (kunukeros in Papiamentu) now receive the water for use on their farms. The quality of the irrigation water meets the standards set by the Public Entity Bonaire, and, even more impressive, the quality is higher than the requirements imposed by the Netherlands for purified wastewater that gets placed as surface water. Bonaire has access to safe and high-quality irrigation water for agriculture and landscaping.
The Public Entity Bonaire and WEB (Water & Electricity Bonaire) are currently preparing for the 10th EDF (European Development Fund) of the sewerage project Kloaka, in which parts of Hato and Belnem will be connected, providing even more treated water that can be used for irrigation.
Every cubic meter of wastewater which is treated is helping keep Bonaire’s reefs as free as possible from nutrification (when excess nutrients from a variety of sources–primarily sewage in Bonaire’s situation–set off a cascade of environmental changes). These changes can cause an over-abundance of algae growth, which competes with corals and other marine creatures for living space on the reef.
(Source: WEB via The Bonaire Insider on InfoBonaire.com)
STINAPA welcomes a new marine park manager, Mr. Wijnand de Wolf, who joined the organization as the new manager of the Bonaire National Marine Park.
Wijnand began his new duties on August 1st, after completing work with the island government, involved with environmental issues. He studied Aquatic Eco-Technology at the Hogeschool Zeeland, and he first acquired work experience at two municipalities and a consultancy firm in The Netherlands.
Wijnand will succeed Sabine Engel. Sabine Engel was the interim manager of the Bonaire National Marine Park in the previous year. Sabine will stay closely involved with STINAPA as the project leader of Lac.
Bonaire strives to be at the forefront of green technology, as it is well known on the island that our nature is a precious natural resource. For many years, the plastic refuse from bottled water has been a detriment, filling up the landfill with trash which will take centuries to bio-degrade. Many recycle plastic waste, but that is costly on a small island. Now there is a new initiative that will remove the plastic waste of bottled water from Bonaire’s waste management and recycling efforts. The Blue Bottle Project is beginning.
Last week saw the introduction of this new, “green” project as a number of waterpoints are being opened around the island as part of a larger project. These waterpoints will be located at bars, resorts, dive shops, and restaurants, and they give the user the possibility to fill up–for free–their Blue Bottles with drinking water with the best water quality.
So how will it work? The Blue Bottle is specially designed for use in the Caribbean, utilizing a vacuum insulated stainless steel bottle (20 fluid ounce/0.6 litre) which has a soft coated, non-drip cool body and will keep drinks cool for at least 12 hours. Even fully filled, it will float when accidentally dropped in the ocean, so recovery is easy. At night you can use it on the porch or balcony as a cup and it will keep drinks frosty cool the whole night. The bottle cap is made of a “green” BPA-free plastic and the bottle is 100% recyclable.
Upon arrival on Bonaire, visitors can purchase the Blue Bottle at the airport or cruise terminal for just $10.00. It will also be available at waterpoints and other locations for $15.00, so there is a savings to jump on board when you first arrive. Waterpoints will be identified by easy-to-see posters. At restaurants and bars, table markers will inform patrons of the free drinking water project. All the information will be in English, Dutch and Spanish.
So be sure to be on the lookout and purchase your Blue Bottle when next arriving by plane or via cruise ship.
(Source: The Blue Bottle Project via The Bonaire Insider)
United Airlines has just announced it is offering airfare as low as $447 on their non-stop Houston-Bonaire flight, for travel during September and October, 2016. Once you have secured your flights, be sure to check Carib Inn’s Last Minute Openings for special savings on your accommodations.
The southbound Bonaire flight departs George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) on Saturdays at 1:00 PM, arriving in Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 6:50 PM. The northbound return flight departs BON on Sundays at 7:30 AM, arriving in IAH at 11:35 AM.
The weekly round-trip flight provides more options for visiting Bonaire and taking advantage of low season savings from the following connecting gateways:
Denver (DEN): $425
Chicago (ORD): $451
Los Angeles (LAX): $493
San Francisco (SFO): $523
Phoenix (PHX): $577
These fares were valid as of Monday, July 25, 2016, but all rates are subject to change. To check availability and fares from your gateway city, visit United’s web site by clicking here.
Last Friday, Carib Inn was delighted to have some of their long-time repeat visitors honored by the island’s tourism board as “Bonaire Ambassadors.”
Burton Ogle and Tracy Zontek have been visiting Bonaire for 25 and 15 years respectively, and they cherish memories of the friendly Bonaireans, spectacular dives, and their dear friends at the Carib Inn. They both honed their diving skills from Bruce Bowker‘s buoyancy workshops. They state,
“These entertaining and informative classes made a huge difference in our dive enjoyment. Kitty and Bruce have done an amazing job making the Carib Inn the most comfortable, relaxed vacation we could imagine. Our Carib family of the Poduskas, Wagners, Mumpers and others through the years are simply “family”–we can’t wait to see them each year. This to us is why Bonaire is truly a “Divers Paradise.”
Larry and Karyle Mumper have been staying at Carib Inn for 15 years. Years ago, they saw an advertisement in Skin Diver Magazine showing a picture of Bruce Bowker with his two Dalmatians. They said,
“We thought that this had to be a great place, if the owner puts his dogs in an ad! We came and discovered that Bruce and all his staff are professionals and have made and continue to make our trips to Bonaire really special. Carib Inn is the most professional and well organized dive operation in the Caribbean. We have been to quite a number of other islands diving and we find that this is #1. Everything is right here: clean rooms, fresh water pool, close to downtown and the market, a few steps down their walkway to the boats, and then a professional and “safety first” divemaster for your short ride to one of many gorgeous reefs. It is truly a Bonaire family here, and we have met many close friends whom we continue to dive with each year from all parts of the world.”
Congratulations, Burt, Tracy, Larry, and Karyle, from all the crew at Carib Inn for becoming true tourism ambassadors to Bonaire. We look forward to enjoying your company for many years to come!
Did you know that there are 99 known parrotfish species worldwide? You may also hear them called gutu (Papiamentu), papegaaivis (Dutch) or pez loro (Spanish). Parrotfish are named for their beak-like front teeth, which they use to scrape algae of the reef for food. Coral and algae compete for space and light on the reef. In recent decades the amount of reef algae has increased considerably, which harms corals by cutting off their access to light and oxygen, preventing coral recruitment, and competing with helpful bacteria.
Parrotfish are key to keeping out reefs healthy because they keep algae levels in check, helping to maintain a healthy coral population on our reef. Fishing is one of the main threats to parrotfish – both intentional harvest and unintentional bycatch (especially in gill nets and fish traps).
In 2010 the government enacted an island-wide ban on parrotfish harvest to safeguard these important herbivores and better manage our coral reefs.
Here’s the story, from Mom (and now Grandma) Donna Poduska:
Thirty years ago, the Poduska family from Fort Collins, Colorado, were told by friends from work about a place called Bonaire. Not only were they told the scuba diving was the best in the world but there was a place to stay called Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn that was amazing. The personalized treatment that you received as a guest at this place was unbelievable. This was the beginning of what became an annual vacation that has lasted 30 years. Always we have stayed at Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn and they have become “family.”
Paul Poduska, the father, was the only certified diver when the Poduskas first started coming here, but throughout the years both the daughter and son were certified. The son is an advanced diver while the daughter is a divemaster. Then came the three grandchildren–one is certified and the 10-year-old twins this year did Discover Scuba Diving and will become certified next year. The most amazing thing here is that they all have been certified in the different levels at “Bruce’s.”
Bonaire has become a place that offers everything that all ages can enjoy–rest, fantastic diving and great friends. The Carib Inn is the place that allows great freedom, individualised attention and great instructors. The Poduska family will continue coming here because it is truly their “Second Home.”