15 January 2017

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.


The last patch of wild mangroves at Changi are upstream of Changi Creek.
I had a brief look at the Changi Creek mangroves by walking along the boardwalk next to the road. There was no oil stains on the artificial seawalls near the mangroves.
Changi Creek mangroves after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017
Oil appears to have landed on a narrow band at a particular height. Probably because the spill reached this area on a neap tide.
Changi Creek mangroves after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017
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.
Changi Creek mangroves after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017
Most of the tree leaves remain nice and green.
Changi Creek mangroves after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017
Large areas of pencil roots appear unoiled.
Changi Creek mangroves after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017
From afar, most of the mangroves along the Creek seemed alright.
Changi Creek mangroves after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017
The mangroves meander much further upstream. Need to allocate a low tide date to check it out more closely.
Changi Creek mangroves after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017

Today, Chay Hoon and I also surveyed these areas for oil spill impact


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