In December last year the Central Leading Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reforms approved to implement the river chief system across the country to better promote coordination among government departments to protect the country’s water bodies.
A lot is still to be done. Although governments at all levels have made great efforts to control water pollution, the condition of China’s water bodies has worsened over the past four decades. The quality of water in one-third of China’s rivers is below the third level of the national water quality standard, mainly because local governments fail to strike the right balance between economic development and environmental protection. Local governments sacrifice the environment for economic growth, and water management still uffers from a lack of coordination.
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