Marina Barrage

8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951

Location: 8 Marina Gardens Drive

DESCRIPTION

The Marina Barrage is a manmade dam built at the confluence of five rivers including the famous Singapore River, across the Marina Channel in Singapore.

This multimillion dollar project has transformed Marina Bay and the Kallang Basin into a new downtown freshwater Marina Reservoir which provides fresh water supply, flood control and a new recreation lifestyle attraction.

HISTORY

The Marina Barrage is also Singapore’s 15th reservoir and first reservoir in the heart of the city that has a dam which cuts off the seawater and alleviates flooding in low lying areas of the city such as Chinatown, Jalan Besar and Geylang. When rain is heavy, the nine dam gates are opened to release trapped rainwater into the sea.
Without any disturbance from sea tides, the constant and peaceful water has created an ideal venue for numerous water recreational activities such as boating, windsurfing, kayaking and dragon boating.

The Marina Barrage has received the Superior Achievement Award at the AAEE Annual Awards Luncheon held in Washington, DC, USA on 6 May 2009 against 33 other entries the competition organised by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE).

CURRENT

The Visitor Centre located at Marina South has a maximum capacity of 80 people on tour and it's unique grass patched roof is also an ideal location for recreation activities such as kite flying and picnic. From the roof, the beautiful vista of both Marina Bay and the Straits of Singapore can be viewed.

The barrage plays an unexpected role in preserving and balancing the ecosystem of Marina Bay as otters, a threatened native species, have been spotted in the area; there have also been sightings of increasing numbers of birds and insects over the years.

The solar park houses over 400 solar panels making it one of Singapore’s largest eco-friendly efforts. The ‘Sustainable Gallery’ illustrates environmental issues through ‘inter-active multi-media displays, exhibits and games’.



References

1. Government of Singapore. (7 May, 2009). Media Releases: Press Releases. Retrieved from SGPRESSCENTRE: Link Here

2. Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Co. (30 July, 2015). Retrieved from THE STRAITS TIMES: Link Here

3. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. (19 July, 2015). Article: Marina Barrage. Retrieved from WIKIPEDIA THE FREE ENCYCLOPEDIA: Link Here

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