WATER DIVERSION - WATER DIVERSION “ Glaciers in the high...

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Unformatted text preview: WATER DIVERSION “ Glaciers in the high heart of Asia feed its greatest rivers, lifelines for two billion people. Now the ice and snow are diminishing. ” National Geographic, April. 2010 China, as a whole, is considered a relatively water-rich nation. However, many regions of China are hydrologically impoverished. Approximately 80% of China’s water resources are located within a single river basin - the Yangtze River. Water is particularly scarce in north/northwestern China, where climactic changes have stricken the area with extensive drought. In addition, many populated areas, like Beijing, are overdrawing their groundwater reserves. To address this water scarcity issue, China is investing in the South-North Water Diversion (SNWD) Project. The primary purpose of the SNWD Project is to transfer water from the Yangtze River to the Yellow River. 1 Controversy has surrounded this project since its introduction. Supporters of the SNWD Project claim that the Yangtze River has an excess supply of water and project since its introduction....
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