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CSI Community Stream Investigation 2017- Rivers never lie

by Cheam May Choo

Rivers never lie– Rivers are akin to our arteries and veins and the water that courses through them are akin to the blood that flows in us. The healthier the water the healthier the environment, the healthier our blood the healthier us. The rivers will tell us how they are faring -from their appearance, their colour, their smell and the creatures that live within them. They don’t lie. And this forms the basis of our CSI (community stream investigation) programme.

CSI remains a popular environmental education activity for us since it was first developed by Dr Liau Tai Leong, our vice president in 2009. We had wanted to come up with an activity that was both interesting and relevant to the locals and visitors alike. He used information he had gleaned from observing our very talented and industrious Dutch volunteers Antony van der Ent and Chantal while they were doing research for their thesis and incorporated it into a simple yet ‘hands-on’ programme. Over the years it was modified to suit the local condtions and a booklet detailing this was eventually published.

CSI programme was initially sponsored by CIMB (in 2009) and the excess funds were carried over to the next few years. In 2015 Prince Tunku Imran and Mr Paul Chuah gave us more funds and in March this year we received a small grant from the National River Care Fund under GEC (Global Environment Centre). This allowed us to continue and CSI has become an annual affair for our local schools.

The presence of bugs (in this case macroinvertebrates) is used to gauge the quality of the waters in our streams and rivers. Some of these bugs are so delicate eg stonefly larvae, dragonfly larvae, water pennies, that their mere presence indicate that the river water quality is and has been very clean and unpolluted. In contrast the mosquito larvae and the leeches can survive in contaminated waters. This water testing method comes at no economic cost and is in ‘real time.’ The children love this because they can frolic in the stream and ‘catch bugs’!

Normally at the start of each programme, Dr Liau or any of his trained volunteer will give a briefing on what this activity is about.

He will then explain the physical,chemical and biological ways to assess the water. Pictures of the bugs are given to aid identification.

The participants then adjourned to the rivers and results from a clean river Sg Pauh are compared to that of a dirty river Sg Bertam. Chemical testing

Upcoming Activities for September and October 2017

As with the earlier years, with the completion of the UPSR (primary 6 school examinations), local schools are signing up for our environmental programmes. The following are the upcoming activties:

Date : 25th September 2017    School: SMK Kg Raja

Activity : Community Stream Investigation CSI  No of Pax: 32

Date: 26th September 2017 ; SK Convent ; CSI  : 39 pax

Date: 28th September 2017; SK Ringlet ; CSI; 20 pax

Date: 3rd October 2017 ; SK Convent ; Reforestation in Batu Gangan

Date: 10th October 2017 ; SJKC Bertam Valley ; Reforestation in Batu Gangan

Date: 11th October 2017; SJKC Bertam Valley ; CSI

We love to have volunteers for these programmes. Please contact us if you can lend a helping hand on those days



REACH receives grant from National River Care Fund for CSI Community Stream Investigation Programme

Reach is pleased to announce that we have successfully received a grant from the National River Care Fund for our CSI programme. The National River Care Fund is a small grant programme established by GEC Global Environment Centre to support local community groups/ community based organisation to pursue their own river conservation initiatives.

The other recipients of this fund include:

1. Persatuan Pelajar Fakulti Pengajian Alam Sekitar Universiti Putra Malaysia with Project Title :Water of Life @ Serdang

2.Aquatic Science Student Association, UCSI University with Project Title: Orang Asli River Hydrophonic System

3. Jawatankuasa Kemajuan Kampung Batu 16 Dusun Tua with Project Title: Love Our Rivers Campaign

4. Federasi Kolektif DIY Ampang with Project Title : Ulu Yam River Rehabilitation

5,Pertubuhan Gagasan Prihatin Semenyih with Project Title: Semenyih River Pollution Monitoring

We would like to thank Miss Melody Woon for heading this project.

CSI with SJKC Cameron on the 10th November 2016

This CSI Community Stream Investigation programme with SJKC Cameron (Ringlet) was the last CSI programme for 2016 . Since the cost of conducting the CSI programme is low and funds are still available, more of such CSI activities for local schools will be carried out in 2017. For schools and groups outside of Cameron Highlands a small fee is incurred . At least a month’s notice is required and subject to the availability of facilitators and volunteers, these programmes can be arranged.DSCN4960DSCN4966DSCN4999

CSI with Sri Kuala Lumpur International School

Our CSI programmes are usually conducted for local schools but occasionally we conduct such programmes for outstation schools,private or corporate groups. Programmes are held at the Sg Pauh site which is within  the Forestry Department grounds. Each programme will start off with a briefing, followed by physical,chemical and biological analysis of Sg Pauh (the clean river) and Sg Bertam ( the contaminated river). The facilitators are usually Dr Liau or Miss Melody Woon and they are assisted by a few volunteers.

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CSI with SJKC Kuala Terla on the 9th November 2016

The CSI activity with SJKC Kuala Terla was carried out over 2 days to accomodate more students and below are the pictures taken on the 2nd day. The programme on both days are similar.    dscn4878 dscn4880 dji_0103 dji_0096