Il­le­gal scale sand dredg­ing wiped out in Yangtze

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Il­le­gal scale sand dredg­ing, a ma­jor threat to the ecol­ogy and nav­i­ga­tion safety of wa­ter­ways, has al­most been wiped out in the Yangtze, China’s long­est river, thanks to an in­ten­sive crack­down last year, au­thor­i­ties said.

A to­tal of 1622 il­le­gal sand dredg­ing ves­sels were dealt with in 2018 and 21 peo­ple were sen­tenced by courts ac­cord­ing to law, said Wang Hui, a spokesper­son for the Yangtze Wa­ter Re­sources Com­mis­sion, which is based in Wuhan, cap­i­tal of cen­tral Hubei Prov­ince. Last year, the com­mis­sion car­ried out 49,000 pa­trols along the river and strength­ened se­cret pa­trols and in­quiries for 27 vul­ner­a­ble stretches, said Wang.

Sand dredg­ing along the main stream of the Yangtze is in stable or­der due to the im­proved le­gal sys­tem and en­force­ment, said an of­fi­cial in charge of wa­ter­way sand dredg­ing with the com­mis­sion.

Along with the Yangtze re­gion’s rapid eco­nomic growth over the past 30 years, il­le­gal sand min­ing has been ram­pant and posed dire threats to the river’s flood con­trol, nav­i­ga­tion safety, and ecol­ogy. China launched the Yangtze Eco­nomic Belt in 2014, aim­ing to build the re­gion into a golden eco­nomic belt fea­tur­ing more beau­ti­ful ecol­ogy and a more co­or­di­nated econ­omy.

The belt cov­ers 11 prov­inces and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, whose com­bined pop­u­la­tion and econ­omy ex­ceed 40 per cent of the na­tional to­tal.

The belt cov­ers 11 prov­inces and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, whose com­bined pop­u­la­tion and econ­omy ex­ceed 40 per cent of the na­tional to­tal.

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