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Assessment of Environmental Degradation and Water Quality in Southern Vihiga Hills

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dc.contributor.author Oboka A., Wycliffe
dc.contributor.author Othoo O., Calvince
dc.date.accessioned 2022-06-09T09:02:16Z
dc.date.available 2022-06-09T09:02:16Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation OBOKA, W., & OTHOO, C. (2019). ASSESSMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION AND WATER QUALITY IN SOUTHERN VIHIGA HILLS. African Journal of Co-Operative Development and Technology, 2(1), 118-131. Retrieved from https://journals.cuk.ac.ke/index.php/12/article/view/30 en_US
dc.identifier.issn Online ISSN: 2708 - 6534
dc.identifier.issn Print ISSN: 2411 - 6645
dc.identifier.uri https://journals.cuk.ac.ke/index.php/12/article/view/30/25
dc.identifier.uri http://localhost:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/703
dc.description A research article published in African Journal of Co-operative Development and Technology en_US
dc.description.abstract Southern Vihiga hills present a case of an intriguing history of land degradation in Kenya that has over the years defied all efforts to address. In 1957, as a measure to curb environmental degradation in southern Vihiga, the colonial government through the legal notice number 266 of the Kenya gazette supplement number 28 established Maragoli H ills Forest without the acceptance by the local communities. The forest was over time degraded, and completely destroyed in 1990s. Efforts to rehabilitate the forest have continually been frustrated by the local community. The study set out to determine th e extent of environmental degradation; and establish water quality in streams originating southern Vihiga hills. Data for the study was collected using GPS surveys; photography; high temporal resolution satellite imagery; and interviews. Data on environmen tal degradation was ana lyz ed through ArcGIS 10.3.1. Analysis of biological and physiochemical parameters of water was undertaken at the government chemist in Kisumu. The study found total loss of forest cover on Edibwongo Hill (Maragoli forest), with extensive areas of bare surfaces, and gulleys. The study also found very high population of Coliform and E.Coli in water in all the three streams sampled in both dry and wet seasons; and very high turbidity; water color ; and iron (Fe) concentrations in water from the sampled streams. The study recommended adoption of incentive based strategy, use of environmental co - operatives in rehabilitation of Maragoli forest, and prioritization of water treatment and supply in southern Vihiga to reduce direct consumption of water form streams, which c ould pos e a threat to life and health. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher The Co-operative University of Kenya en_US
dc.subject Environmental Degradation en_US
dc.subject Water Quality en_US
dc.title Assessment of Environmental Degradation and Water Quality in Southern Vihiga Hills en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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