Huludao City Housing and Urban-Rural Construction Bureau, the Important Thing is Not to Sue the Critics Side, But to Reverse the Thinking

On July 6, the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) Research Department received a call from the Huludao City Housing and Urban-rural Construction Bureau and believed that the article published on the CBCGDF WeChat Account the previous day reflected the city’s ongoing brutal dredging of the river and caused they a very bad social impact, hoping to delete the article, otherwise, the possibility of prosecuting CBCGDF will not be ruled out.

On the afternoon of July 6, when the CBCGDF research department again communicated with the Huludao City Housing and Urban-rural Construction Bureau, the person who answered the phone admitted that he had made the call himself, saying that the article published by the CBCGDF had been followed by the city leader and they were under a lot of pressure.

CBCGDF asked them, what’s wrong with the content of the article? The other party said: The content of the article is one-sided. The reeds will be regenerated after being cut, and the entire river channel will become tidier and more beautiful after being cleared. In addition, this river channel dredging project has passed the environmental impact assessment of relevant departments. As to whether the current dredging method has damaged the ecology, the other party said that it was unclear and said that after get off work, relevant experts would call to explain. However, from July 6th until the evening, no one called to communicate.

According to the information of the Huludao Public Resource Center: The dredging project in the middle and lower reaches of the Wuli River, which was contracted by the Huludao City Housing and Urban-rural Construction Bureau, was officially opened on May 26, and the publicity period was completed on June 1. The total cost of the project was 13947577.12 yuan.

Around July 4th, a CBCGDF volunteer saw an excavator shoveling reeds on the banks of the Wuli River in the urban area. First, it excavated and shoveled on both sides of the river channel, and a few hundred meters of wetland remained in the middle. But the next day, a wetland reed in the middle was also removed. In this regard, this volunteer expressed concern on Weibo about whether this simple and rough river dredging caused ecological damage and believed that some birds and toads that depended on the riverbank wetlands had lost their shelters.

Huludao City Housing and Urban-rural Construction Bureau believes that the relevant projects have passed the environmental impact assessment. However, regardless of the aesthetic losses caused by such dredging, the question of CBCGDF is: Does the relevant environmental impact assessment have an assessment of the loss of biodiversity?

And have they conducted any relevant surveys on the ecology of wetlands on both sides of the river? If it is more detailed, should the reeds on both sides of the river channel be retained or eradicated? Is there any calculation of the impact of the remnant stem rot leaves produced by reeds on the water quality, and the reeds solidification on the river bank, the absorption of pollutants, and the provision of river bank organisms habitat and other aspects of the ecological benefits, which one has contributed more? Even, is it necessary to dredge the river, how should it be cleaned? When is it cleaned? How much reeds are cleared and how much are kept? …

If none of these basic works have been demonstrated, what is wrong with saying that it is dredging brutally? Ordinary people have already seen: Wetland organisms are being displaced, and the ecology of the wetland is destroyed in front of us. Why do the relevant government departments turn a blind eye?

Earlier, as in other places, the Wuli River flowing through the urban area of Huludao was once a black and odorous water body due to the combined pollution of industrial sewage and domestic sewage. In the past ten years, local government departments have made great efforts to shut down sewage outlets along the river and clean up the rubbish on the banks of the river. Was it because of such a brutal dredging that would wipe out the ecology of the riparian wetland that was finally restored?

Building ecological civilization has become a national strategy, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic occurred, the country attaches great importance to ecological protection. The relevant departments of Huludao City’s understanding of ecological protection is still at the level of turning a blind eye to the protection of biodiversity, which is regrettable.

You know, it is easy to destroy a piece of reed today, and it is even more difficult to rebuild the ecology of a wetland in the future; it is easy to destroy the habitat of a wetland creature today, and the cost to rebuild their habitat in the future can be far more than five times, ten times.

Take the ecological restoration of the Pearl River in Guangzhou as an example. Historically, when the Pearl River passed through the urban area of Guangzhou, due to rapid industrialization and population expansion, the wetland ecology on both sides of the urban area of the Pearl River was damaged, not only the water quality has deteriorated, but also the aquatic plants and animals on the river bank are hard to see. In recent years, in order to restore the wetland ecology on the banks of the Pearl River, the government has invested much money. Among them, only looking for one or several key aquatic plants that can rebuild the plant community on the riverbank. Scientists first searched extensively in the waters of southern China, and then through cultivation and comparison, so far no key has been found to rebuild the wetland ecology on both sides of the Pearl River Species. One of the simplest reasons is that when it was destroyed, no one knew how the local waterfront wetland ecosystem was composed, and then they disappeared.

Ecosystems are as large as the Earth’s biosphere, as small as wetlands, forests, and other ecosystems, or a smaller range of ecosystems. They are all precision systems that are related to each other by inorganic substances and organisms. They are easy to be destroyed and difficult to rebuild. There are also many examples. It is understood that the relevant state departments are currently implementing demonstration projects of restoration of estuarine ecology in some important estuaries of the country, paying attention to reconstruction and restoration rather than destruction.

In the context of the current consensus on the construction of ecological civilization, CBCGDF hopes that the relevant departments of Huludao City can strengthen the reversal of ecological civilization ideas, rather than prosecute those who criticize them.

By / Maggie

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