While clearing up my (not-so-clean) cupboard, I came across two spiral bound documents that contained two studies of the Pallikaranai Marsh in Chennai. These were studies my friends and I did when I was in the 8th grade about various aspects of the marsh. When I was going through the document, I realized that when we were doing this study, one of the biggest roadblocks we faced was a lack of easily available information about the marsh. I knew that I had to publish this document online, because it contains data that someone else might need at some point in time. So here it is. Let me know what you think!
‘The World has enough for everybody’s need, not everybody’s greed’ – these famous words of Mahatma Gandhi symbolize the project that we have undertaken. This project on the Pallikaranai Marsh is the first step in protecting a huge ecosystem. The ecologically-sensitive Pallikaranai Marsh, one of the last remaining natural wetlands in south India has been deteriorating steadily due to ill – planned urbanization, destructive reclamation and dumping of solid waste. This project deals mainly with solid waste management and water problems. In this project there has been and is going to be research into the water and soil quality from the marsh and around to make inferences about the dangers of human intervention in this ecosystem. Our experimental Research also features GIS(Geographical Information System) and Grid Mapping. Our major findings reveal that the marsh water is polluted, mercury level is seven times more than the permissible limit. The pot culture studies have proved that some plants may grow well when the water samples are rich In organic matter. The results of this study are truly significant and can help in the betterment of the locality and also motivate the civic body to start working towards protecting this marsh.