River Management in China

China Focus: Responsibility flows downstream for Chinese river chiefs

Date of Release: 
Mar 11 2016

GUIYANG, March 11 (Xinhua) -- District official Tang Youbo was surprised when he was bestowed with the title of River Chief for Sancha River, a tributary to the Yangtze River, China's longest.

As head of the government of Pingba district, Anshun city, Tang is not only responsible for his own district, but now oversees the water quality of Sancha, 40 kilometers of which lies in his jurisdiction.

"Once the water quality of Sancha drops, as a river chief, I am the first to bear the blame, regardless of who polluted the river," said Tang.

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