Three Gorges Probe

Three Gorges Probe – flood control; resettlement; water clean-up and conservation

Three Gorges Probe

December 15, 2000

(1) Yangtze flood control chief says, keep the alarm bells ringing
(2) Thousands of Three Gorges residents slated for resettlement in 2001
(3) Yangtze River cities launch water clean-up and conservation campaign

(1) Yangtze flood control chief says, keep the alarm bells ringing
Dec. 7, 2000 – A flood control chief in Hubei province warned participants at a disaster management conference earlier this month, that the Three Gorges dam would not safeguard against flooding along the Yangtze. “Even after building the Three Gorges dam, we are never off our guard against floods along the Yangtze in Hubei Province,” said Wan Hanhua, head of Hubei province’s water conservancy department, which is responsible for controlling Yangtze floods.
After analyzing the flooding problem in Hubei province, experts have concluded that the Three Gorges dam will be ineffective in controlling floodwaters from the Lake Dongting river system downstream of the dam. The dam will improve flood control capacity somewhat by holding back floodwaters upstream, thus providing downstream areas with protection against a 100-year flood, up from the present level of flood protection against a 10- year flood. But, it is still crucial, Hanhua said, to continue reinforcing dykes and embankments and control soil erosion, even after the Three Gorges dam is completed.
This story first appeared on the official web site of the Wuhan-based Changjiang Water Resources Commission (formerly the Yangtze Valley Planning Office), a central government agency under the Ministry of Water Resources, responsible for planning and designing the Three Gorges dam.

(2) Thousands of Three Gorges residents slated for resettlement in 2001
Dec. 7, 2000 – The Wuhan-based Changjiang Water Resources Commission reports that 55,000 people will be moved out of the Three Gorges area in 2001, according to Qi Lin, head of the Three Gorges Project Construction Committee’s Resettlement Bureau. As part of the State Council’s new directive for overcoming land shortages and environmental pressures in the Three Gorges reservoir area, 50,000 Chongqing Municipality residents and 5,000 people from Hubei province will be moved to 11 different provinces and municipalities. So far about 7,500 people have been moved out of the Three Gorges area to rural areas in Anhui, Fujian, Guangdong, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shandong, Shanghai, Sichuan, and Zhejiang.
This story first appeared on the Changjiang Water Resources Commission’s web site

(3) Yangtze River cities launch water clean-up campaign
Dec. 5, 2000 – In an effort to tackle pollution in the Yangtze River, 26 riverside cities have launched a basin-wide clean-up campaign, reports Central China Television network. The cities will co-operate to monitor water quality, implement water-saving measures in urban areas, and set-up a program for controlling and treating serious water pollution accidents.

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Three Gorges Probe welcomes submissions. However, it is not a forum for political debate. Rather, Three Gorges Probe is dedicated to covering the scientific, technical, economic, social, and environmental ramifications of completing the Three Gorges Project, as well as the alternatives to the dam.

Publisher: Patricia Adams
Executive Editor: Mu Lan
Assistant Editor: Lisa Peryman
ISSN 1481-0913

Categories: Three Gorges Probe

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