China is struggling to find a solution on how to treat the huge amount of floating debris which is clogging up the Three Gorges Reservoir.
Cao Guangjing, deputy general manager of the China Yangtze River Three Gorges Project Development Corporation, said, “We are trying to find an efficient method to develop and use this floating flotsam, but so far we have made little progress.”
According to Zhang Weige, director of the department responsible for monitoring debris in the reservoir, about 1,000 tons of floating debris had been collected since Sept. 20 when the water level began to rise to 156 meters from 135 meters. [Full Text]
– See CDT’s coverage on Three Gorges
– Also China’s Dammed Yangtze River A Cesspool Of Sewage, Poison by Tim Johnson of Knight Ridder Newspapers (April 27, 2004):
Reservoirs are becoming sewers, filled with trash and smelly water. Local officials refuse to shut down polluting factories, fearful that unemployment will rise. Edicts from Beijing on controlling industrial waste go unheeded.