Tides force multiple dates for the International Coastal Cleanup in Singapore this year

This year, the International Coastal Cleanup in Singapore is conducted over several dates. Traditionally held on the third Saturday in September, we have had to vary the dates due to the tides. An exposed shore during low spring tide is ideal for a thorough cleanup and in some areas, the tide has to be low enough just for us to access a cleanup site.

It certainly makes the job of coordination more difficult and an indication of this is how late this blog post is! But tides always dictate the coastal cleanup dates.

Is the tide low enough?
Access to Chek Jawa North

The affected groups opted for alternative dates quickly when presented with the situation, and the result was multiple dates for the cleanup. All were within the recommended range of the international coordinator, the Ocean Conservancy so we logged it all in the ICCS Status Page and went ahead.

ICCS Status

The “status” column of this sheet contains many remarks. When we first present the sites at the start of the year, they all indicate the site is “OPEN”. As sites get booked by Organisers with enough numbers, they are marked “CLOSED”.

On the cleanup day, the well-prepared Organiser will submit the Data Submission Form for their site and their site is marked as “Data Submitted”. Otherwise it is the prominent “Awaiting Data” indication and Zone Captains would be calling the Organiser. This is unusual as data can be consolidated on the spot.

ICCS Data Verification by Zone Captains
Data Verification by Zone Captains back in NUS Lab 7

Zone Captains come back from cleanup sites around the island to NUS Lab 7 to tackle data verification and once done, we process the results and post it to the web with a pie chart and bar graph of the top ten items. The we ask Organisers to check that nothing is amiss and we announce the results published. When the status for a site indicates “Data Published”, that’s the sign for a completed job!

The two main cleanup dates (8th and 15th of September) have been completed. The next major cluster of cleanups will be conducted on the 29th of September 2012 – an excellent evening low tide! With most of our sites done, we’ll join the “Independent” volunteers at four sites around the island: Sungei Ubin, Lim Chu Kang, Pasir Ris Beach 6 and Tanah Merah Sites 8 & 9.

Anyone can join us, just sign up at at http://iccs-independents.rafflesmuseum.net!