It was another very hectic week for Waterways Watch Society (WWS). We have been pleasantly “swamped” with activities and programs for the past few weeks.
We started the week with a talk at Ngee Ann Polytechnic for 300 students from the Aerospace Engineering Faculty. We also had one SPH sponsored talk at Greenridge Primary School (1000 students), one NWCDC sponsored program with Ahmad Ibrahim Primary School (200 students), two MPA sponsored talks at Holy Innocents High School (1200 students) and Ang Mo Kio Secondary School (1000 students), one Coney Island beach clean-up with Ngee Ann Polytechnic (140 students), and two back-to-back kayak and beach clean-up program for Ngee Ann Polytechnic at Kallang for two days (280 students total). In addition, we did one kayak program with MOF (15 pax), two Corporate CSR programs with Toshiba (50 pax) and Swissotel (40 pax) on Kayak, Power Boat, Bike and Paddle Boat and an Earth Day lunch time talk at SPH (70 pax) and at Salesforce (40 pax). One assembly talk at St Stephen School was postponed.
While on some days the weather did interfere with our programs, WWS Members managed to still run meaningful activities under our wet weather alternative programs. Overall, it was a wonderful week although very tiring.
Fishing continues to be sighted outside the authorized zones and at least 6 seen this week. Sightings of PMDs and PEBs definitely on the increase and last week, we sighted a group of Indonesian students (teenagers) riding their motorized foot scooters (about 10) but all with lights on during the night. We engaged two who forgot to turn on their scooter lights at night.
During the week, we had two meetings – one with CIB Gardens and one with Hui Yam from ES Power. During the weekend, a total of 25 members performed duty at Kallang (21) and Punggol (4). A total of 62 (3 at Punggol) were engaged as part of our Anti-Littering outreach, none engaged for littering and 2 were engaged fishing inside an authorised zone (upper boon keng near ABC) but using live bait. Patrol also sighted fishing inside waters using “jala” net near the temple.