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2018: More Than Seven Billion Yuan Invested in River Governance

Updated: 2019-01-08

The Changsha Working Committee of the River Chief System Office (River managers, titled “River Chiefs”, are responsible for managing waterways) announced on January 6 that Changsha has invested more than 7 billion CNY in the comprehensive governance of lakes and rivers. This program has spent 1.6 billion CNY on building and extending 14 urban and rural sewage treatment plants; 2.4 billion CNY on cleaning up 93 tributaries such as the Chaoyang River. Nearly 185 kilometers of the main stream and tributaries have been dredged removing nearly 1.8 million cubic meters. There are 289 outfalls being checked and 271 have been remedied.

Located in the lower reaches of the Xiangjiang River, Changsha has a developed and densely covered river network, calling itself a “Mountain and River City”. The Liuyang River is the longest river in Changsha and has the largest drainage area. In 2018, Changsha invested more than 1.4 billion CNY in the Liuyang River sewage treatment.

In Zhulian Village, Guandu Town, which is in the upper reaches of the Liuyang River, a team of 86 volunteers for small-scale water management and protection has been established. Twenty management activities involving 986 participants occurred in 2018. Thirty two kilometers of large ditches were dredged and fifty-three kilometers of the small ditches were dredged.


Photo/Wang Haohao, China News Agency.

Located in the middle reaches of the Liuyang River, Puji is an agricultural scale-farming town in Liuyang City. So far the town has dismantled 606 pigsties totaling 100,000 square meters and investigated 1651 farmers working in the area of the Wangjiaba River, its tributaries and other four tributaries of the Liuyang River, thereby reducing the livestock pollution at the source.


Photo/Wang Haohao, China News Agency.

From January to November in 2018, water quality rating for sections of the Liuyang River by one national and nine provincial measures reached 100%, an increase of 17% over the same period of 2017 and for the first time achieving a rise in quality during the dry season. Meanwhile, in 2018, 325 cases of pollution in the Liuyang River Basin were investigated and penalized, with total fines of 6.12 million yuan imposed and 32 criminal prosecutions.

Source: enghunan.gov.cn