Traces of the lost waterbodies

City of Chennai and the legend of the vanishing waterbodies By Sushmitta Renganathan Historically, waterbodies have marked the beginnings of many important civilizations. From the mentions of Mylapore as a great Pallava port, our pre colonial history as a fishing village, to the recently proposed archeological excavations on the Eastern banks of the Kosasthalaiyar; all confirmContinue reading “Traces of the lost waterbodies”

The Alleri Restoration: Lake in an industrial zone revived

Located within the M.E.P.Z, the Alleri is an important water body located between the larger Kadaperi and Thiruneermalai lakes. Over the years, due to urbanization and industrialization, the lake witnessed massive pollution thereby leading to loss of habitat characteristics and freshwater quality. Through a collaborative conservation effort betweenM.E.P.Z, DXC Technology andthe Environmentalist Foundation of India (E.F.I),theContinue reading “The Alleri Restoration: Lake in an industrial zone revived”

E.F.I’s Eco-Story: Protecting our Oceans

We thank Kathleen Hosie and the US Consulate Chennai for sharing with us your #EcoStory about the need to conserve and protect our Ocean. Send us your eco-story to efivideosmail@gmail.com Watch-Share-Conserve. Send us your Lake/Pond stories, photos or videos to be featured on this blog. Email us the content to lakesofindia@gmail.com Volunteer for India & herContinue reading “E.F.I’s Eco-Story: Protecting our Oceans”

E.F.I’s Eco Lab Batch of 2020 – Our new environmental leaders

In the academic year 2019-20, E.F.I  established an environmental education program called “Eco-Lab” at the Chennai Middle School in Thiruvanmiyur. Students from classes 6th to 8th were invited to participate in sessions, which were conducted every Fridays by E.F.I’s Education Team. The motto behind these sessions were to help the students better understand conservation throughContinue reading “E.F.I’s Eco Lab Batch of 2020 – Our new environmental leaders”

E.F.I’s Mega Volunteering Drive @ Karuppan Kumal-Ambattur, Chennai

Friday, 21st February 2020 The Karuppan Kulam in Ambattur was restored in the summer of 2019 by E.F.I in association with the Greater Chennai Corporation (G.C.C) & the Murugappa group. Prior to the restoration, the Karuppanan Kulam was a makeshift dump yard slowly degrading day by day. The pond went through a scientific restore effortContinue reading “E.F.I’s Mega Volunteering Drive @ Karuppan Kumal-Ambattur, Chennai”

The Adyar Creek- Chennai’s best kept secret

Chennai is know for its beaches, temples, politics, cinema, filter coffee and much more! Very little is talked about how ecologically blessed the megalopolis in the east coast of India is. Chennai is one of the few cities in the world to have 3 rivers that flow through its urban spread. It doesn’t end there,Continue reading “The Adyar Creek- Chennai’s best kept secret”

E.F.I’s HydroStar | The Rainwater Harvesting Star | Episode-1

Water crisis and lack of water often grabs headlines. Do we ever take time to talk about those who are conserving and making a difference? Here is E.F.I’s effort to celebrate individuals who care about water. Mrs. Maheshwari and family have been pioneers in Rain Water Harvesting. Watch and learn, how each of us canContinue reading “E.F.I’s HydroStar | The Rainwater Harvesting Star | Episode-1”

The Alapakkam Lake – a preview

The Alapakkam Lake, locally known as Kuyavan Eri, is located in between the military airstrip of Sittalapakkam in the north and Alapakkam in the south. The surrounding area is not densely populated and mainly shaped by fields and one-to two-storey houses. Some of those homes border the lake directly. Lush green weeds are covering theContinue reading “The Alapakkam Lake – a preview”

Alleri tank – Silt is moving

The restoration of Alleri tank has been now going on for nearly a month and without no doubt, the lake has changed a lot. The de-watering has completely finished with only leaving two pits of water for fish, turtles and other aquatic animals to stay during the restoration progress. Invasive weeds have been removed fromContinue reading “Alleri tank – Silt is moving”

The Karuppan Kulam – Start of work

Work is going on for 2 weeks at Karuppan Kulam and many things have already changed. At first, the invasive weeds needed to be removed. Plants like the Prosopis Joliflora are destroying the native environment by leaving other native plants no space and water to grow. The sewage inlet got blocked in order to workContinue reading “The Karuppan Kulam – Start of work”