THREE GORGES DAM GATES THREATENED BY GARBAGE

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THREE GORGES DAM GATES THREATENED BY GARBAGE!

BEIJING (Reuters) – Thousands of tons of garbage washed down by recent torrential rain are threatening to jam the locks of China’s massive Three Gorges Dam, and is in places so thick people can stand on it, state media said on Monday.

Chen Lei, a senior official at the China Three Gorges Corporation, told the China Daily that 3,000 tons of rubbish was being collected at the dam every day, but there was still not enough manpower to clean it all up.

“The large amount of waste in the dam area could jam the miter gate of the Three Gorges Dam,” Chen said, referring to the gates of the locks which allow shipping to pass through the Yangtze River.

The river is a crucial commercial artery for the upstream city of Chongqing and other areas in China’s less-developed western interior provinces.

Pictures showed a huge swathe of the waters by the dam crammed full of debris, with cranes brought in to fish out a tangled mess, including shoes, bottles, branches and Styrofoam.

Some 50,000 square meters of water (more than half a million square feet) had been covered by trash washed down since the start of the rainy season in July, the report said. The trash is around 60 centimeters (two feet) deep, and in some parts so compacted people can walk on it, the Hubei Daily added.

“Such a large amount of debris could damage the propellers and bottoms of passing boats,” Chen said, “The decaying garbage could also harm the scenery and the water quality.”

The Three Gorges Dam is the world’s largest hydropower project, and was built partly to tame flooding along the Yangtze, which killed over 4,000 people in 1998 and countless more over the centuries.

Enormously expensive and disruptive, the dam has cost over 254 billion yuan ($37.5 billion) and forced the relocation of 1.3 million people to make way for the reservoir. Towns, fields and historical and archaeological sites have been submerged.

Environmentalists have warned for years that the reservoir could turn into a cesspool of raw sewage and industrial chemicals backing onto nearby Chongqing city, and feared that silt trapped behind the dam could cause erosion downstream.

China has made scant progress on schemes drawn up nearly a decade ago to limit pollution in and around the reservoir.

Chen said about 10 million yuan is spent each year clearing 150,000 to 200,000 cubic meters of floating waste by the dam.

($1=6.773 Yuan)

(Reporting by Huang Yan and Ben Blanchard; Editing by Emma Graham-Harrison)

The integrity of the gates of the dam is in danger due to the huge amount of trash being swept downstream by the floods!

Flood-borne trash threatens Three Gorges gates

BEIJING — Intense flooding has swept thick layers of garbage down the Yangtze River that are threatening to block the gates of the Three Gorges Dam, state media reported Monday.
“The large amount of waste in the dam area could jam the miter gate of the Three Gorges Dam,” dam official Chen Lei told the official China Daily in an interview, referring to the dam’s huge shipping locks.
The report did not elaborate on the effect, but if the dam’s gates become blocked, operators likely would have difficulty opening and closing the locks to control shipping on the river.
China’s worst flooding in a decade has killed at least 991 people, left 558 missing and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage, the State Flood Control and Drought Prevention office said. More heavy rains were expected through Tuesday.
Chen said heavy downpours have pushed unusually large amounts of garbage downstream, including tree branches, plastic bottles and other domestic waste. Nearly 3,000 tons (6 million pounds) of garbage are collected from the dam daily, but there is not enough manpower and equipment to clear it all, he said.
A layer of garbage about 60 centimeters deep (nearly 2 feet) covering an area of more than 50,000 square meters (about a half million square feet) began to form in front of the dam when the rainy season began in early July, the China Daily reported, citing the Hubei Daily newspaper. In some areas, the trash is so thick that people can walk on it, it said.
“Such a large amount of debris could damage the propellers and bottoms of passing boats,” Chen was quoted as saying. “The decaying garbage could also harm the scenery and water quality.”
The Three Gorges Corp. has spent some 10 million yuan ($1.5 million dollars) to clear about 150,000 to 200,000 cubic meters (5.2 million to 7 million cubic feet) of floating waste from the dam area annually, the paper said. More than 150 million people live near the dam and its upper stream, but many cities remain unequipped for garbage disposal.
The dam, the world’s largest hydropower project, was promoted as the best way to end centuries of floods along the Yangtze River basin. Government officials long ignored complaints about the enormous environmental impact of the $23 billion reservoir that has displaced more than 1.4 million

One Response to “THREE GORGES DAM GATES THREATENED BY GARBAGE”

  1. When will the humans learn? Probably never

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