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Four-level river chief system set up in Changsha

Updated: 2017-05-19


According to Changsha Water Affairs Bureau, recently, Changsha has released Opinion on Implementing Promoting River Chief System (hereinafter opinion), and river chief lists of the whole city were announced. Reportedly, Changsha will set up river chief system in four levels including municipal-level, county-level, township-level and village-level. Deputy Secretary of Changsha Municipal Party Committee, Mayor and Secretary of the Party Working Committee of Hunan Xiangjiang New Area Chen Wenhao is to be the head of river chief at municipal level, Member of Standing Committee of Changsha Municipal Party Committee and Executive Vice Mayor Zhang Yingchun and Vice Mayor Li Yu, will be the deputy river chief at municipal level.


It is clearly stated in Opinion that 335 rivers with basin areas of 10 square miles, 632 reservoirs and lakes and important waters with basin areas of five hectares are in the charge of river chiefs. Important rivers and lakes across the county (Xiangjiang River Changsha Section, Longwanggang, Jinjiang River, Laodao River, Liuyang River, Weishui River and Sha River) are managed by river chief system at municipal level. Xiangjiang River Changsha Section river chief will be Member of Standing Committee of Changsha Municipal Party Committee and Executive Vice Mayor Zhang Yingchun, Longwanggang river chief, Vice Mayor Chen Zhong, Jinjiang River, Vice Mayor Li Yu, Laodao River, Vice Mayor Li Xiaohong, Liuyang River (Zhushuqiao Reservior), Vice Mayor Liu Mingli, Weishui River(Huangcai Reservior) river chief, Vice Mayor Qiu Jixing, and Sha River river chief, Vice Mayor Liao Jianhua. Cross-township rivers, lakes and reservoirs are managed by river chief system at county-level. Cross-village ones are managed by river chief system at township level. Other waters (ponds, dams and canals) are managed by river chief system at village level.


Changsha strives for full coverage of river chief system by the end of 2017. The sewage in urban district achieves full interception, full collection and full processing. The sewage plant in towns achieves discharge standard at the first-tier level. Odorous water will be cleaned up in built-up areas. Cleaning up trashes, improving fishing breeding environment and clean bank will basically complete along the Xiangjiang River and its six tributaries. The main stream of Xiangjiang River will reach or surpass third level water quality standard. The rate of centralized drinking water quality will reach 100%. The water quality of Liuyang River in Xiangjiang River will remain at V level or above. The water quality of Laodao River, Weishui River, Jinjiang River, Longwanggang and Sha River in mouth of Xiangjiang River will strivefor Ⅳ level.


By 2020, the whole city’s rivers and lake long effective management protection system will have been built in all round way. The main rivers and lakes basically achieve “trashes in the upstream will not get into the downstream, sewage in tributaries will be avoided entering into main stream”. Xingjiang River Changsha Section will reach Ⅲ class water quality standard. The quality of Xiangjiang tributary will reach Ⅳ class level. Sources of drinking water should be up to standard completely. Main rivers and lakes will attain the goal of “clear water, smooth river flow, green river banks and beautiful sceneries”.


By Yang Rong
Source: Changsha Evening News