Densu River

The Densu River is a 116 km long river in Ghana rising in the Atewa Range.[2] It flows through an economically important agricultural region, supplies half the drinking water to Ghana's capital city of Accra, and ends in an ecologically significant wetlands[3] at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.[4] The Densuano[5] Dam and Weija Dam[6] are situated on the Densu River.

Densu River
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The estuary of Densu River
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Densu River Meander
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Densuano Dam
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Location
CountryGhana
Physical characteristics
MouthAtlantic Ocean
 • coordinates
5°31′0″N 0°19′0″W / 5.51667°N 0.31667°W / 5.51667; -0.31667Coordinates: 5°31′0″N 0°19′0″W / 5.51667°N 0.31667°W / 5.51667; -0.31667
Length116 km (72 mi)
Basin size2,490 km2 (960 sq mi)
Discharge 
 • locationMouth
Designations
Official nameDensu Delta Ramsar Site
Designated14 August 1992
Reference no.564[1]

Densu BasinEdit

The population density of the Densu Basin is approximately 240 persons per square kilometer.[7]

In popular cultureEdit

  • Ghanaian artist Kojo Antwi named his second studio album, released in 2002, after the river.[8]
  • Osibisa, an Afrobeat band, composed a song titled Densu, explaining about the different varieties of fishes and the song the fishermen sing.[9]

ThreatsEdit

Part of the Densu River has become a dumping site by some residents in the area, aside dumping of refuse which is causing water pollution, farmers also farm close to the river, there other activities such as sand winning and quarrying activities around[10][11][12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Densu Delta Ramsar Site". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Protecting Atewa Forest". Ghana | A Rocha. 2015-07-13. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  3. ^ "Wetlands | Habitats | WWF". World Wildlife Fund. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  4. ^ Ghana: Rivers and Lakes
  5. ^ "Densuano Street in Koforidua - Eastern Region - AfricaLocal.net". www.africalocal.net. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  6. ^ Welsing, Kobina. "Residents stranded as Weija Dam spillage floods homes | Starr Fm". Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  7. ^ "River Basin Activities". Water Resources Commission of Ghana. Archived from the original on 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2008-09-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Densu by Kojo Antwi on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-07-17.
  9. ^ "Densu by Osibisa". YouTube. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  10. ^ "River Densu chokes on dumped refuse". BusinessGhana. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  11. ^ "Environment Ministry to include traditional rulers on Densu committee". www.graphic.com.gh. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  12. ^ "Densu Delta Ramsar Site". Ghana-Net.com. Retrieved 2019-05-22.