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Dredging starts to clean up Suzhou Creek

SHANGHAI began dredging mud from the downtown section of Suzhou Creek today to eliminate the longstanding pollution problem of the famous waterway once and for all.

After dredging – the largest in scale on the river – is completed by the end of June, Suzhou Creek will be clear enough for more fish species to return and will not turn murky again, said Zhu Shiqing, deputy director of Shanghai Water Authority.

It is the first time that the river is being dredged since the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949.

The project is the third phase of Suzhou Creek treatment project, which started in 1998. It covers a 16.4-kilometer section from the Bund in the east to Zhenbei Road Bridge in the west.

Twelve dredging boats are deployed in different parts of the river to dig out a total of 1.3 million cubic meters of foul-smelling mud from the river bed.

People living along the creek or passing by might be disturbed by the bad smell, especially on warmer days, as mud is scooped up, Zhu said.

The deposition of mud and pollutants not only clogged the waterway but also spawned microorganism, the main cause of the river's murky water and bad smell.


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