Natural Disasters Inflicted By The Water Diversion Project
The Yangtze River, is the largest river in China and Asia.
After the Three Gorges Dam construction, the river is now
undergoing the massive infrastructural Water Diversion Project.
Experts have recently pointed out that both the
construction of dams and the Water Diversion have severely
damaged the ecology of the Yangtze River.
The Yangtze River is running short on both water and fish.
The South-to-North Water Diversion is a 500 billion yuan
project of the Communist regime.
It is the largest water project with the scale and complexity
far exceeding that of the Three Gorges Dam.
The environmental impact assessment shows the project is
bringing catastrophe to the Yangtze River.
The Water Diversion Project was to divert part of the Yangtze
River water to the north and northwest;
the drought area of China.
The project includes a Western, a Central and an Eastern route.
The Oriental Outlook magazine recently reported in an interview
with China’s senior ecologist, Cao Wenxuan, of the Institute of
Hydrobiology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Cao Wenxuan listed the series of efforts in recent years
to protect the ecology of the Yangtze River, and their
effectiveness as “not good."
Examples are: Rare fish such as the Yangtze dolphin is
and the Chinese sturgeon has disappeared for 10 years.
Dai Qing is an environmentalist having long-term observed
China’s Three Gorges Dam.
She indicates that since the sediment matter of the
Three Gorges Dam was silted up,
the regime started to build a dam in the upper reaches of the
Yangtze River to block the sand and silts, but also the water.
That has caused the water shortage of the Yangtze River,
and “a fact concealed by the authorities,” says Dai Qing.
Dai Qing, environmentalist: “Nature had arranged it well
at the beginning, where the water should flow, what type of
agriculture to develop, and life style of the people.
With technology, human beings thought they can manage it
the way they’d like to and so they started to change nature."
In 2001, Beijing received the hosting rights for the 2008
To provide water for the Beijing Olympics, the then Communist
party leader Jiang Zemin immediately approved the Water
Diversion Project to be started by end of 2002.
The project has met many obstacles because of violating the
principles of sustainable development and
the exceedingly large population of migrants.
There were constant budgetary over-runs,
constant delays and postponements.
The water from the project never made it to
the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Dai Qing: “The Water Diversion sounds nice. But we all know
the fact that the water in the Central Route is very scarce.
There is water to be diverted, but to solve the water shortage
in Beijing, to me it is almost impossible."
Cao Wenxuan indicated in the interview that the Western Route
will have an even bigger impact on the ecosystem of the
upper reaches of the Yangtze River.
It will further weaken the ecosystem and affect productivity
and life in the reservoir.
He added, “The Central Route will have a major impact.”
Analysis has pointed out that the biggest technical problem of
the Water Diversion is insufficient water in the reservoir.
The water level is so low that it can not sustain
diversion and natural flow.
While no solution to this water shortage of the Water
Diversion Project has been found,
the Communist regime approved yet another water diversion
project in July 2011.
The Han-Wei Water Diversion Project in Shaanxi Province
will move water from the Han to the Wei River and by 2030
will be drawing 15 billion cubic metres of water from
the reaches of the Han River.
Cao Wenxuan said, “The Han-Wei Water Diversion will divert
one-third of Han River water to the north.
The water in the middle and lower reaches of the Han River
has reduced significantly.
Han River has not much water left.”
Water expert Wang Vero believes that the overall water
diversion projects are an environmental catastrophe to the
middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River.
For instance, the Eastern Route will lead to soil salinization
in the Yangtze River estuary region, and the Central Route
will bring incalculable damages to Hubei Province.
Dai Qing stresses that, former Communist Party leader
Mao Zedong’s “Man Will Conquer Nature” has led to wide-
spread natural disasters in China.
All these natural disasters, as it turns out,
are man made.
Interview & Edit/Chang Chun Post-Production/Sun Ning