21 January 2017

Ubin with the RUMblers

A lovely day at Pulau Ubin, sharing with a team of enthusiastic volunteers from the Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative.
Ubin Jetty
We were lucky to have experienced people like Philip, Cheryl, Siak Juay, Siva and Grant Pereira to share their stories with us on this trip. I also checked for oil spill impact, more in this other post.


Changi Creek and Sungei Ubin after the oil spill

Nearly three weeks after the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait, I had a quick look at oiled areas at Changi Creek. It looks similar to what I saw a week ago.
Changi Creek after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017
For the first time, I also checked the Sungei Ubin area at Pulau Ubin during a walk with Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative. It was a relief not to see any signs of oil here.


17 January 2017

Internship special: Youth Corps X Pesta Ubin (Mar-Jul 2017)

You CAN make a difference for Pulau Ubin! Here is a unique opportunity to intern for Pesta Ubin AND Youth Corps, thanks to support by the National Youth Council!
Pesta Ubin is a kampung-style Open House at Singapore's last rustic island, Pulau Ubin. Pesta Ubin is the highlight of each year of 'Celebrating Ubin', which is made possible by the Friends of Ubin Network (FUN).


16 January 2017

Oil spill at East Johor Strait: YOUR sightings part 2

This weekend, lots of volunteers checked up on our northern shores to see how the oil spill impacted them. Among the most important, volunteers gently kayaked into the heart of Ubin mangroves to check up on the impact there.
Thanks to Ng Siak Juay, Victor Toh and Chan May Yen
with Phillip Lim's support for doing this kayak survey.
Minister Desmond Lee also shared some of what happened during the oil spill.




15 January 2017

Changi Creek after oil spill

Nearly two weeks after the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait, a check at low spring tide shows a fuller extent of the impact at Changi Creek near the Changi Point Ferry Terminal
Changi Creek after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017
In the area where few people go, oil still stains the seawall. Oiled booms have been left behind on the shore. Oil has coated the base of the few mangrove trees growing near the Ferry Terminal. There is still sheen on the water.


Changi Creek mangroves after oil spill

Nearly two weeks after the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait, a check at low spring tide shows a fuller extent of the impact at the mangroves at Changi Creek.
Changi Creek mangroves after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017
Oil appears to have landed on a narrow band at a particular height. While the leaves of some saplings and lower leaves of trees were oiled, the base of the tree roots and the pencil roots (pneumatophores) appear unoiled.


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