South-North Water Transfer Project

In the early 1950s, Mao Zedong apparently observed, "The south has plenty of water, but the north is dry. If we could borrow some, that would be good,”

And now 2015 the Chinese government is building a $62 billion South-North Water Transfer Project. The project would divert 44.8 billion cubic meters of water per year from the Yangtze River in southern China to the Yellow River Basin in arid northern China. This is equivalent to nearly half the amount of water consumed in California annually. It will also displace hundreds of thousands of people. An estimated 330,000 people were recently being relocated for the expansion of the Danjiangkou reservoir, which marks the beginning of the project's middle route. While the resettlement program included some improvements over the Three Gorges Project, it was eventually carried out against the resistance of affected people.

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