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Targeting pollution source control as the main task during the First Three-year Action Plan (2013-2015)

Implementing treatment of industrial wastewater, domestic sewage, and industrial structural readjustment together during the Second Three-year Action Plan (2016-2018)

Taking comprehensive measures to consolidate achievements and upgrade treatment goals during the Third Three-year Action Plan (2019-2021)

By the year 2021, the water quality of the Xiangjiang River and its main tributaries will have reached Grade III or above. The water quality of drinking water source protection areas will have become Grade II or above. Through effective reciprocal action between intensified river protection and city development planning, the vision of prosperous economy coexisting with clear water bodies, as well as a balanced and harmonious ecological environment will be achieved.
(1) Vigorously push forward prevention and control of industrial pollution
(2) Vigorously promote construction of urban sewage collection facilities
(3) Strengthen control of pollution caused by large-scale livestock breeding and cage farming
(4) Intensify security solutions management in waste ponds and slag disposal pits
(5) Fully enhance protection of drinking water sources

By the year of 2015, the ratio of sewage discharge of facilities along the Xiangjiang River will conform to the standard. The number of enterprises in heavy metal business as well as overall emissions of heavy metal pollutants will have been reduced by 50% compared with those of 2008. The problem of deteriorating water quality in some areas will be curbed completely and the water quality of the river as a whole begins improving.

Yueyang:

Yueyang is located in the lower reaches of the Xiangjiang River, the main stream of which flows from Qiaokou Town into Xiangyin County of Yueyang. The length of the Yueyang section of the Xiangjiang River is 143.2 km....【More】

Changsha:

In its special project targeted at sewage treatment, Changsha plans to invest a total of 12.8 billion yuan to construct and improve sewage treatment systems. ...【More】

Xiangtan:

Zhubugang area in Xiangtan used to be an inviting place with picturesque scenery. However, in the 1960s, chemical factories began to settle here. As one of the 14 fine chemical engineering bases for ...【More】

Zhuzhou:

Qingshuitang Industrial Park in Zhuzhou, adjacent to the Xiangjiang River, is an old industrial base of prioritized development founded during China's first Five-Year Plan period....【More】

Loudi:

Xikuangshan Mine, situated in northern Lengshuijiang, Loudi City, is well known as the "World's Antimony City". For a long period, the exploitation of antimony ore has not only brought local people great wealth. ...【More】

Hengyang:

With a longer stretch of the Xiang River running through it than any other city in the province, Hengyang's Shuikoushan and its adjacent areas have been included in the Hunan Government's No.1 Key Project. ...【More】

Chenzhou:

Due to excessive and illegal mining, the ecological environment of 36 Bay mining area of Chenzhou City, in the upper reaches of the Xiangjiang River, has been destroyed heavily....【More】

Youzhou:

Located in the upper reaches of Xiang River, Yongzhou is giving priority to the shutdown of high polluting enterprises, strictly prohibiting projects with heavy pollution and avoiding GDP growth from polluting enterprises. ...【More】

In 2014, the water quality of the main stream of the Xiangjiang River was rated as good in general. The water quality of 18 river sections along the main stream under provincial control was at Grade III or above standard. The concentration of heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury, arsenic, lead, and hexavalent chromium were within the limits of Class II water quality, stipulated in Environmental Quality Standards for Surface Water. Among them, the mean concentration of cadmium, arsenic and lead was declining and the mean concentration of mercury and hexavalent chromium remained stable. Compared to 2013, the proportion of 24 sections under provincial control with water quality rated between Grade I and Grade III along the tributaries has decreased by 4.8%. The dominant pollutants are ammonia nitrogen, total phosphorus and chemical oxygen demand concentration.

In June 1979, the Development and Reform Commission of Hunan Province issued Provisional Regulations on Protection of the Xiangjiang River and initiated a project on Comprehensive Prevention and Control of Water Pollution of Xiangjiang River which was completed in 1984.

In June 1997, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) approved Hunan’s proposal on the treatment of the Xiangjiang River, financed by the fourth batch of Overseas Economic Co-operation Fund (OECD) of Japan.

In May 1998, Century Tour of Hunan Environmental Protection Movement launched the “Protecting Xiangjiang River” initiative.

In December 1999, the 1.93-billion-yuan project of pollution treatment of the Xiangjiang River funded by OECD of Japan was approved by the NDRC.

In January 2002, Xiawan sewage treatment plant in Zhuzhou City was officially put into operation.

In June 2008, Hunan initiated the Three-year Clean Water Action for the Xiangjiang River aiming to transform the Xiangjiang River into the Rhine of China, said Zhou Qiang when he was then the Governor of Hunan Province.

In March 2011, Implementation Scheme on Heavy Metal Pollution Treatment of the Xiangjiang River, the first regional pilot scheme of its kind in China, was approved by the State Council.

In August 2012, the General Office of the Hunan Provincial People's Government issued the Detailed Plan of Implementation Scheme on Heavy Metal Pollution Treatment of the Xiangjiang River (2012-2015).

In April 2013, the Xiangjiang River Protection Ordinance was officially implemented.

In September 2013, Hunan confirmed the protection and treatment of the Xiangjiang River as No. 1 Key Project.

To assist in carrying out the provincial government's No.1 Key Project on the protection and treatment of Xiangjiang River, and giving full play to the environmental protection volunteers, an action plan of "Green Guardian" was launched under the comprehensive arrangement of the provincial government and relevant departments.

Xiangjiang River Protection Guardian

Xiangjiang Watershed Environment Recorder

Environmental Protection Publicist

Guarding 19 observation stations at the drinking water inlets along the Xiangjiang River

Guarding 31 observation stations along the main stream and tributaries of the Xiangjiang River

Guarding 93 drainage outlets of key enterprises under observation

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