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Sha River wins International Riverprize

China’s Sha River restoration project was recently awarded the 2006 International Thiess Riverprize for excellence in river management.

International WaterCentre Chairman Professor Paul Greenfield, chaired the Thiess Riverprize judging panel and said the Sha River’s US$411 million integrated project had improved water quality, controlled flood flows and cleaned up pollution after years of rapid population and industrial growth.

“It has been a huge clean up project on a scale much larger than many other rivers and the reduction of pollution to the Sha River is a substantial achievement,” Professor Paul Greenfield said. “We encourage the Sha River Project to continue in the direction they are heading in terms of pollution abatement, sustainable water supplies, shoreline reforestation and redevelopment, amenity values and linking the river culturally to urban populations.”

The AUD $225,000 International Thiess Riverprize recipient was announced at the annual International Riversymposium’s gala award ceremony in September, attended by delegates from over 40 countries.


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