ICCS Pandan mangroves cleanup
ICCS is in its 17th year in Singapore but we have never tackled Pandan mangroves so far. This is a strip mangrove in the south-west of Singapore and the deeper parts of the estuary inlet is a tough and dirty site to tackle! There are no shelters or toilets but instead lots of mosquitoes in tide pools and some snakes await you amidst difficult terrain.
Three determined groups from Oil Spill Response and East Asia Response Limited, Wildlife Reserves Singapore and National University of Singapore (Raffles Museum Toddycats & friends) have decided to tackle this site for the first time in ICCS history.
We will go in carefully and are restricting numbers to be careful not to create too much impact. It will take us a a couple of years to clear the historical load of trash from the Pandan River in this manner but we will protect the mangrove in the process.
It’s not for the faint-hearted but Toddycats and your friends who feel up for it are invited to join us by signing up at here:
Saturday, 20th September 2008: 7.20am – 11.00am
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore:
Register at: http://tinyurl.com/iccs-pandan
Photo by Kelly Ong
- 0710 – bus pick up at NUS
- 0720 – bus pick-up from Dover MRT (one stop west after Buona Vista)
- 0800 – reach Pandan mangroves bus stop; distribute into sub-groups, apply insect repellent, collect gloves, data cards and trash bags.
- 0810 – Safety Briefing, identification of the Trash Weighing Point (TWP), wet weather plan (carry on unless lightning threat)
- 0820 – Cleanup begins.
- 0845 – Loading teams start moving trash to the TWP
- 1000 – clean-up ends, data collation beings, weighing completed while participants evaluate the situation at Pandan.
- 1015 – participants clean themselves up – note no washing point, so bring a bottle of tap water and a change of footwear.
- 1045 – Pack dirty gloves to bring back wash, dry and return.
- 1100 – Bus returns to Clementi and then NUS.
What we will provide:
- Transport to site.
- Trash bags.
- Weighing scales.
What you should bring:
- Booties or covered shoes with hard soles.
- Water bottle (at least one litre of water).
- A snack to munch on after the cleanup, especially if you didn’t have time for breakfast!
- Insect repellent
- Raincoat/ponco (we’ll carry on working in the rain)
- Towel in a bag – to wipe off any sand and mud off you.
- Light pants will help protect your legs from insect bites (if you re the sort that gets bitten) as well as from the debris.
- A suggestion – dry fit clothes are suitable for this work. If you prefer cotton, a change of t-shirt will come in handy after a sweaty workout.
Registered participants to meet us at either
- the NUS bus stop outside Science Drive 1 (7.10am; meet Otterman) or
- Dover MRT Station bus stop on side of Singapore Polytechnic (heading west) (7.20am; meet Kelly Ong).