New grassroots committees to promote water sports and conservation efforts

SINGAPORE - The People's Association's Water-Venture outlets, which provide water sports facilities from kayaking to dragon boating, will now go further to educate residents on caring for Singapore's water bodies and not just enjoy them.

New Water-Venture committees will be formed over the next few months, one for each of the eight outlets at water bodies such as Jurong Lake. Comprising grassroots leaders and volunteer trainers, the committees will organise water-related activities such as nature and water trails, and set up more interest groups in water sports and conservation.

They will also drive the year-long Project Blue WaVe, a conservation movement that will reach out to students and residents on environmental issues.

Project Blue WaVe was launched on Saturday morning at Pasir Ris Park by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. After the official launch, more than 300 residents and students set off to pick up litter and learn more about conservation. Mr Teo himself joined more than 100 of them in kayaking up Sungei Api Api to fish litter out of the river.