Yeo Chee Hiong of Republic Polytechnic Conservation Interest Group writes,
11 Sep 2010 – “Republic Polytechnic (RP) headed out to Lim Chu Kang at 10am in very pleasant weather. It was heartening to see some participants getting hyped up as we made our way there. As volunteers picked up and counted marine trash, the tide rose rather quickly. Still, some volunteers ventured some 10-20 metres into the mangroves to retrieve bulky debris, such as tires and oil drums. That was tough work with branches blocking our access, mud lobster mounds to avoid and soft mud into which we sank!
Not all knew each other in the group and it was fun to see them making friends with each other on the shore, having fun while doing their part for the environment. By 11am, the pathway which we had come through was gone! All submerged! So we ended our cleanup before it got any deeper and soon after, we got the volunteers off the shore.
With our combined efforts, we had removed and categorised almost 1,500 items of matine debris and with the bulky items weighed in as well, the total weight of the rubbish was 325.3kg – mind you, all this in just 90 minutes!
Many thanks to those which made this possible!”
Ed’s note – Republic Polytechnic has been a regular at Lim Chu Kang beach and mangroves for several years now. Their students lead the effort and conduct the recce by participating in the pre-National Day cleanup alongside the Raffles Museum Toddycats. Along with RGS Staff, Lim Chu Kang beach and mangrove is thus handled by an experience pair of Organisers for the ICCS. Their combined efforts rid Lim Chu Kang of 2,324 items of marine trash weighing more than half a tonne; yeah!