China's Massive, but Unproven, Water Transit Scheme Has Some Worried


Circle of Blue has an incredible article on China's giant $62 billion undertaking to transport water to the parched northern part of the country where growth is outpacing water supplies.

"China's plan is to remove nearly 36 billion cubic meters (9.5 trillion gallons) of water every year from the Yangtze River Basin--which drains much of the nation's central and western regions--and ship it north. That is tantamount to reversing the flow of the Missouri River--which drains the Great Plains and part of the Northwest in the United States--and sending it back to Montana. It's no surprise that ever since construction began in 2002, the South-North Water Project has generated a strong current of public comment."

Be sure to check out the photo slideshow as well.

Tags: China | Drinking Water | Water Crisis

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