Skip to content

A River Runs Cleaner: More from Xiangfan

This post is also available in: Chinese (Simplified)

As we mentioned last week, we saw a positive story of improved water quality in Xiangfan. This story is worth examining more closely. How much do actual monitoring results bear out the apparent improvements in water quality? (One caveat: rain has swelled the water levels in the local rivers diluting pollution in the river.) What made the difference? We understand that government shut-down of small, heavily-polluting factories (largely in Henan) made the difference. These were plants that were not very profitable, employed few people and a source of big headaches for local government. We had hoped to find a strengthening of environmental regulation, but shut-downs of the worst polluters (which at the same time made minimal contribution to the local economy) is a good step forward.

We’re interested in looking into these questions further. But for now, it’s just nice to hear a story of good people bringing about positive change.

img_4344

img_4289


img_4363

The middle photo shows the same river in the photo above just a few years before.

Note the thick foam and darker water in the earlier photo.

This entry was posted in General and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Post a Comment

Leave a Reply

All comments offered in the spirit of civil conversation are welcome! Commercial spam, obscenity and other rude behavior are not, and will be removed. We are also required to remove any express or implied statement endorsing or opposing any political party or candidate for political office. Comments require a valid email address and typically remain open for 10 days. Please sign comments with your real name (first names are fine).

Recent Comments

  • Beijing Daze, Missed your comment. Apologies. The Li-Ion batteries are goin... read »
  • Hey Alex, Great write up! I'm fixing to get one of those Turtle Kings in the... read »
  • Nice!... read »
  • These polutions will have major negative impact on China's future budget in t... read »