May 21

By DERRICK VINESH

SHRIEKS of excitement filled the air when some students caught a small snakehead fish (haruan), a baby shrimp, some fish fry and tadpoles in a stream at the Bukit Mertajam Forestry Park in Cherok Tok Kun.

They showed their catch to their teammates who murmured before jotting down the species under the biological monitoring section in their river report cards.

They were among 80 Form Four students from 20 secondary schools who participated in a River Rangers’ activity that was carried out during a three-day Environment Awareness Camp at the park recently.

The Penang Department of Environment (DOE) organised the camp with the help of the state Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID), state Forestry Department and state Education Department.


The River Rangers all excited over their haruan find.

The students later filled up the physical monitoring section in the card with details such as the colour and smell of the stream, as well as human activities, besides the vegetation, insects and animals found in its surroundings.

The ‘little researchers’ also used basic water sampling test kits to test the water’s pH, levels of dissolved oxygen, turbidity, phosphate, nitrate and temperature.

They finally concluded that the stream was healthy as there was aquatic life and the water was clear with minimum pollution.

State DOE assistant director Mashita Kassim said the camp was aimed at enhancing envi-ronmental awareness among the students.

She said several environment-related activities, including one that required the students to wear blindfolds and walk in the jungle and across the stream were organised.

Apart from going jungle trekking and identifying the sounds in the park, the students also played a game where they assumed the roles of environmentalists and polluters.

“We organised four camps last year and six in 2006 for various groups such as teachers, students, non-governmental organisations, government departments and agencies,” she said.

SMKA (L) Al-Mashoor student Mohammad Lutfi Mohd Anor, 16, said this was his first outdoor activity with others from various schools.

“It is such an eye-opener when we go to the ground as a group to learn about nature and the different forms of pollution,” he said.

Tan Qiao Mei, 17, from SMK Bagan Jaya said she did not realise that there were serious threats to the environment until she attended the camp.

“I am now convinced that we badly need to take care of our environment, especially for the benefit of the future generation,” she said.

SMK Tun Hussein Onn student Prakashwaran, 16, said he would share his camp experience with members of his school’s Environment Club.

The Star Metro Saturday May 17, 2008

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The program was organized by Penang State Department of Environment together with the co-ordination of Penang State DID. A total of 80 students from various secondary schools of Penang State have been selected to participate in this Environment program held at Taman Rimba Cerok Tekun, Bukit Mertajam from 14th to 16th April 2008.

A river ranger training program for the students was included as part of the actitivies whereby DID Penang also roped in 8 river ranger trainers to conduct the briefing and training the students. The program aims to enhance the awareness level of the students towards environment.. Read more related storey at Star’s Eye-opening eco-camp at park.

Here the some snapshots of the programme ;-

Participants attending to the briefing on river ranger program at Taman rimba Cerok Tekun, Jalan Kulim, Bukit Mertajam.

DID Penang officer giving briefing and slide presentation to the students

Introducing the trainers to the students..

Students are divided into 5 groups before going to the riverside..

Students conducting water health check using water monitoring kit.

Observing and record down the findings..

Students are on the look out for biological/aquatic of the river. So much fun and discovery !!!

Each group’s representative to present their findings and results ..

 

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Apr 18

DEWAN RAKYAT
PARLIMEN KESEBELAS
PENGGAL KETIGA
MESYUARAT KETIGA

Bil. 60 Khamis 7 September 2006

11. Tuan Huan Cheng Guan [Batu Kawan] minta Menteri Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar menyatakan rancangan untuk memulihkan Sungai Juru dan Sungai Prai yang mengalami pencemaran yang serius. Berapakah peruntukan yang diluluskan untuk kerja-kerja pemulihan di Sungai Juru dan Sungai Prai.

Setiausaha Parlimen Kementerian Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar [Tuan Sazmi bin Miah]: Tuan Yang di-Pertua, untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat, pihak kementerian memandang serius terhadap pencemaran yang berlaku di semua sungai di seluruh negara termasuklah di Sungai Juru dan juga Sungai Prai. Untuk makluman Yang Berhormat, Menteri telah pun melawat sungai-sungai di Pulau Pinang pada bulan Jun yang lepas dan antara langkah-langkah khusus yang telah dan akan diambil oleh pihak kementerian adalah seperti berikut:-

(i) Mengadakan pengawalan kumbahan dan sisa pepejal di punca, iaitu dengan mensyaratkan semua premis makanan mengadakan sistem rawatan di tempat masing-masing seperti pemasangan sistem penapis sisa makanan (FOG) dalam kawasan Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan. Selain itu pihak kementerian juga mengadakan langkah-langkah struktur dengan membina gross pollution trap (GPT), dengan izin dan juga lock boom untuk memerangkap sampah dari memasuki sungai-sungai.

(ii) Menjalankan kerja-kerja pemulihan sungai seperti kawalan hakisan tebing, kerja-kerja mendalamkan dan melebarkan sungai dan kerja-kerja pembersihan sungai bagi mengembalikan eco-system sungai tersebut. Peruntukan yang telah diluluskan di dalam Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan untuk kerja-kerja pemulihan Sungai Juru adalah sebanyak RM18 juta dan Sungai Prai sebanyak RM4 juta.
Terrima kasih

Timbalan Yang di Pertua[Datuk Dr. Yusof Bin Yacob]: Yang Berhormat bagi Batu Kawan

Tuan Huan Cheng Guan [Batu Kawan]: Terima kasih Tuan Yang di-Pertua. Terima kasih Yang Berhormat Setiausaha Parlimen. Mengikut laporan, Sungai Juru memang merupakan salah satu sungai yang paling kotor dalam negara kita. Saya juga difahamkan kerja-kerja pemulihan Sungai Juru memerlukan lebih kurang RM30 juta sedangkan yang diluluskan hanya RM18 juta di bawah Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan.

Soalan saya ialah apakah kaedah yang akan diambil oleh kementerian bagi memastikan peruntukan secukupnya untuk kerja-kerja pemulihan di Sungai Juru?

Soalan yang kedua ialah apakah laporan kajian pencemaran Sungai Juru? Ia sudah siapkah atau tidak?

Soalan yang ketiga,….
Timbalan Yang di-Pertua [Datuk Dr. Yusof bin Yacob]: Cukuplah Yang Berhormat, cukup.

Tuan Huan Cheng Guan [Batu Kawan]: Tambah sikit..

Timbalan Yang di-Pertua [Datuk Dr. Yusof bin Yacob]: Dua soalan.
Tuan Huan Cheng Guan [Batu Kawan]: Dua setengah, dua setengah. [Ketawa]. Tadi Yang Berhormat Setiausaha Parlimen ada sebut Yang Berhormat Menteri ada melawat ke kawasan sana, iaitu kawasan Parlimen saya di Sungai Juru. Saya mohonlah, kalau lain kali Menteri datang, sila maklum kepada Ahli Parlimen kawasan juga. Terima kasih.

Setiausaha Parlimen Kementerian Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar [Tuan Sazmi bin Miah]: Terima kasih Yang Berhormat. Saya jawab yang ketiga dahululah ya. Saya rasa Menteri saya memang banyak turun padang. So, kadang-kadang dia terlupa hendak cakap kepada Ahli-ahli Parlimen yang berkenaan. Tetapi kita akan ambil maklum dan saya akan cakap ini kepada Menteri.

Bagi bahagian yang pertama tadi, kita sememangnya mengetahui untuk membersihkan sesebuah sungai dan untuk menjaga sungai-sungai tersebut memerlukan kos yang agak besar dan tinggi.

Sebenarnya di dalam Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan baru-baru ini, kita memohon lebih daripada RM180 juta untuk pemuliharaan sungai-sungai di negeri Pulau Pinang sahaja. Tetapi yang diluluskan kepada pihak jabatan hanyalah lebih kurang RM107 juta. Jadi untuk mengatasi masalah bajet yang tidak cukup bagi pemuliharaan sungai tersebut, I insya-Allah pihak kementerian akan memohon peruntukan tambahan di dalam kajian separuh penggal nanti dan kita akan lihat bagaimana ia berjalan.

Bagi bahagian yang kedua iaitu laporan sama ada sudah siap atau belum untuk sungai-sungai tersebut, saya tidak mempunyai maklumat sekarang ini. Saya akan balik check dengan jabatan. Terima kasih.

Sumber : http://www.parlimen.gov.my/hindex/pdf/DR-07092006.doc , muka surat 21 & 22

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By ZULKIFLY MOHAMAD

FRIENDS of Sungai Juru have questioned the condition of the river that has not seen any changes, especially its level of contamination, despite an RM18mil allocation by the federal government to rehabilitate it.

Friends of Sungai Juru co-ordinator Tan Chai Liang said the allocation was announced during Parliament session on Sept 7 in 2006 by the then Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment parliamentary secretary Sazmi Miah.

“However, until now, I have not seen any changes to the condition of the river that has been listed as one of the dirtiest rivers in the country.

“In fact, I pass by the river every day when I go back to my house in Taman Juru from Prai but sad to say there is no activity to clean up or beautify the river,” he said.

Tan said the RM18mil was part of the RM107mil approved by the Government to rehabilitate rivers in Penang under the 9th Malaysia Plan.

He said he had written to Local Government, Traffic Management and Environment committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow enquiring about the allocation and details of the contract if it had been awarded to anyone.

“I have also invited Chow to visit the Sungai Juru dam and see for himself the condition of the river and pollution,” he said.

Tan who is a strong campaigner on environment preservation had taken his own initiative to set up a special website on Sungai Juru.

The website can be accessed at www.sungaijuru.com

Sungai Juru is located about 12km south-east of Butterworth, some-where between the Penang Bridge and the site of the ongoing second link project.

The river has been classified by the Department of Environment as the most polluted river in the country while the World Health Organisation in its report had listed Sungai Juru as the dirtiest in South East Asia.

WHO in its report said the water in Sungai Juru was so toxic that it was unsafe for drinking even after it was boiled.

State Drainage and Irrigation De-partment director Hanapi Mohamad Nor said the department had been given approval to appoint a contractor for the Sungai Juru rehabilitation project.

He said the appointed contractor would be asked to design and build the project, adding that it would be implemented this year.

“We have identified the contractor and are waiting for his design,” he said.

source the star metro page M7
Wednesday April 16, 2008

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More info about the latest condition of Sungai Juru at Dam area near Tmn Bukit Minyak Read The Star’s report on Sungai Juru.

Location Map of Sungai Juru Dam area and its surrounding developments

The close up view of Sungai Juru, with many visible floating debris from upstream area..

Close up view of the riverbank area, improvement works to create 5 acre river front recreational area by DID Penang is still ongoing since Oct 2007.. The old chalet structures have been demolished whilst bushes and trees have been trimmed…

The waterways along the Sungai Juru and close to Tmn Bukit Minyak residential area, water condition looks murky and smelly at times. NO improvement !!!!

 

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Mar 27
Lokasi di Empangan Sungai Juru dekat dengan Titi Gantung
Tarikh 2/2/2008
Masa : 10.15 pagi
Keadaan Cuaca : Baik , tiada hujan pada 24 jam yang lepas
Ahli Kumpulan : 4 orang- pelajar UITM Shah Alam dalam bidang khusus Senibina Lanskap ( Raja Nur Hanim Raja Kamarulzaman, Siti Sarah Abd Rashid, Fadiah Abd Latiff, Nur Azlin Asliza Sulaiman))
Tujuan : Membuat kajian penyelidikan
Ujian kualiti air ini diadakan oleh Friends of Sungai Juru bersama 4 pelajar UITM dan berikut adalah keputusan ujian kualiti air :-
Warna air : keroh dan tidak jernih, berbau , terdapat banyak siput di tebing sungai ( seperti dalam gambar),
Keadaan sekeliling : tempat rekreasi, tapak pembinaan , perumahan
Ujian kimia : PH – 7, Dissolved oxygen (DO) – 8 ppm,
Turbidity – 40 JTU
Phosphate – 2 ppm
Nitrate – 5 ppm
Suhu air – 28 C

4 pelajar dari UITM Shah Alam

mengambil sampel air untuk memulakan ujian

memjalankan analisa ujian air dengan menggunakan water monitoring kit ..

Terdapat bilangan siput yang banyak dalam sungai juru..

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MRCB Environment Sdn Bhd’s core activity as an environmental solutions provider has enabled the company to be very involved with the local community and its surroundings.

The company, established in 2003, has undertaken several projects to conserve the environment. It specialises in the rehabilitation and conservation of beaches and rivers in the country.

The idea to set up MRCB Environment, which is a 55% owned subsidiary of Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB), first surfaced in 2000, said its director Dr Shaharizuan Shafiei.

MRCB is traditionally well known in the “brick-and-mortar” businesses such as construction of roads, buildings, highways and power generation plant.

Dr Shaharizuan Shafiei showing the Kuala Sungai Pahang river mouth area where MRCB Environment will build a breakwater system.

Shaharizuan, who is also vice-president and infrastructure and environment division head of MRCB, said there was concern that certain businesses of MRCB might be on the decline at the beginning of 2000.

“We decided to go into an area that, while we generated income, we would also be doing something for the public which makes us feel good. So, what is better than working on projects related to the environment?”

At the same time, environmental awareness among Malaysians was just picking up, but no one really spoke about beach conservation and restoration, river rehabilitation and maintenance of the water quality.

In a way, MRCB saw the potential in its environmental activities not only as a business venture but also something in line with its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives to promote eco-friendly environments and encourage domestic tourism.

MRCB Environment’s pilot project was the Teluk Cempedak beach rehabilitation in Pahang, which was awarded by the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) in 2003. The beach was suffering from erosion due to loss of sand.

Shaharizuan said the company employed the pressure equalisation module (PEM) system, combined with sand nourishment, to rehabilitate the coastline of Teluk Cempedak.

“The water table will be reduced, hence making the sand on the beach drier. Erosion at beaches happens because the sand is wet and saturated,” he explained.

PEM pipes were installed under the seabed to assist the pressure from the ground water level and stimulate sand sedimentation. The beach was sand nourished to achieve a wider beach profile, after which additional PEM pipes were installed under the new beach to reduce erosion.

The project was completed in 2004 and the sand nourishment had increased the beachfront of Teluk Cempedak by 80m to 100m.

Shaharizuan said after that, the company was given a small contract by DID to maintain the beach for three years.

MRCB Environment also deployed a similar solution when it received an interim award from DID in 2005 to conserve 3km of beach at Teluk Tekek, Tioman Island.

The project involved construction of a sea wall, which together with the PEM system, was expected to minimise erosion and enhance its recreational value for tourism-related activities.

Besides that, a study was initiated to look into the pollution in various rivers in Teluk Tekek, drainage problems and mooring facilities.

The company also carried out an awareness programme to protect the rivers from further pollution, said Shaharizuan.

“Besides completing the project, the key thing is to create awareness among the village folk to not discharge kitchen effluents directly into the river. It ought to be treated first.

“DID introduced the grease trap, also known as simpack, at selected villages, and they were installed in food outlets on the island,” he explained.

Shaharizuan said the education provided was not only on the installation of the grease trap but proper maintenance.

“We continue to visit the owners of food outlets and explain to them that the Government has spent millions to restore the beach and they can play their role by using the grease traps provided by the local authority,” he added.

Another project undertaken by MRCB Environment, which also gave it the opportunity to improve the lives of a local community, was the protection of Kuala Sungai Pahang river mouth.

The company received an interim award worth about RM60mil in mid-2006 to improve the river mouth on a design and build basis.

The interim works included immediate dredging and design of breakwater at the river mouth.

Once completed, the project will provide safer navigation channels for fishermen surrounding the area, especially during the monsoon season, and mitigate flooding in the area.

Shaharizuan said that with the implementation of the breakwater system as well as dike retention pond and pump in the towns such as Pekan located further up the river, losses due to flood could be reduced by 30%.

MRCB Environment has received an interim letter of award to rehabilitate Sungai Prai, Penang, and a letter of intent to rehabilitate Sungai Kuantan, Pahang. It had also submitted proposals for work on three rivers in Johor and Sungai Juru, Penang.

The company worked with various parties, including foreign universities and local consultants, on some of its projects.

Shaharizuan lamented the lack of environmental engineers in the country.

On plans to enlarge the pool of talent, he said: “It is quite difficult, but our key strength is our people. We source them from everywhere; we take in ex-DID staff and employ civil engineer who are keen on this area and train them. We hope to churn out very good environmental engineers in the future.”

MRCB Environment’s revenue contribution to MRCB is not significant at present, but the potential in this area of work is enormous. Shaharizuan said there was a lot of work to be done in Malaysia.

“If we concentrate here alone, it should be more than enough to sustain us for many years,” he added.

On the possibility of seeking out projects abroad, Shaharizuan said: “We are an expert in Malaysia but there are a lot of companies already doing this overseas. If we go to other countries, we have to be competitive in terms of pricing.”

The company also plans to venture into other projects related to the environment such as garbage disposal, mangrove restoration and erosion control.

Source The Star 8.2.2008
By CHAN CHING THUT
Saturday February 9, 2008

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Name of waterway
at waterway/pond behind MPSP main building at Bandar Perda
The waterway is located at the upstream of Sungai Juru water catchment area

Date 26/1/2008

Time 9.35 am

Weather : bright sunny day . slightly rain last night.

Conducted By Friends of Sungai Juru
Contact 012-4285453
Crew Size : 2 persons

Here are the results of the water testing ;

Physical monitoring
Colour and appearance – slightly blackish
Smell – smelly
Vegetation – bushes / field grass
Animals – Lizard (biawak)
Activities – human settlement area, housing / construction area within Bandar Perda and uncultivated paddy lands

Chemical monitoring
Variables
PH – 8
Dissolved oxygen (DO) – 0 ppm
Turbidity – 40 JTU
Phosphate – 4 ppm
Nitrate – 5 ppm
Temperature – 28 C
Coliform bacteria – positive

Location Map showing the water testing site.

General View of MPSP main building

View of the pond located behind MPSP main building.

Closer view of the water conditions and appearance at the waterway to the pond

Another view of the water conditions at the waterway before the pond ..

 

Collecting water from the pond behind MPSP building

Conducting water testing …

Record down the results of the water testing using water monitoring kits..

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