Rui’an River: What About The Fish?

Algae and dead fish in Dianchi Lake, China

Would a Chinese public environmental official swim in an obviously polluted river for 200,000 yuan (~$32,000)? That’s the challenge from a local businessman. I found the omission of fish health interesting regarding the Rui’an river in Zhejiang Province, China; human health is important, but so is wildlife health, especially with regard to indicating healthy river ecosystems.

Environmental pollution has been a constant concern in China as economic growth took much precedent over practically everything else. There is a breaking point, and hopefully growing public sentiment pushes for more government action into reducing pollution and encouraging restoration.

[photo via eutrophication&hypoxia/flickr]