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Fri 02 Jul 2004

West Coast Park erosion

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Worry over West Coast erosion. By Tan May Ping, The New Paper, 30 Jun 2004. [pdf]

"Reclaimed land in West Coast Park is slowly being reclaimed again - by the sea. Soil erosion has left the shoreline in a sorry state. In the past two years, it has receded by at least 3m in some parts. Park visitors and boatmen who work there are upset about this."

"But Mr Teh Tiong Sa*, a geomorphologist (someone who studies the evolution and configuration of landforms) said it's only natural that erosion occurs, especially in areas that have been reclaimed and are not protected from the waves. He said the erosion is just as bad in parts of East Coast and Pasir Ris parks."

''It's a natural process. It becomes a problem only when people do not anticipate the erosion by leaving a buffer zone.

'Without the zone, infrastructure like walking tracks and barbecue pits built too near the coastline can be destroyed,' said Mr Teh, 59, a lecturer at the National Institute of Education.'"

Read the complete article at The New Paper.

*It was my good fortune that I was able to work with Teh Tiong Sa in end-2001 during the Chek Jawa and Ubin assessment report submissions to the Ministry of National Development. He was introduced to me by Joseph Lai and it turned out we shared old friends from the University of Malaya. He provided the sorely-needed physical geography component to the submission and also vetted geography-based articles for Chua Ee Kiam's book on Chek Jawa.

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