18 May '11, 5pm
Treehugger: China Dealing with "Dead Water" As Drought Dries Reservoirs #China #water
reports, "A severe drought along the Yangtze River region in central China has rendered nearly 1,400 reservoirs in Hubei Province temporarily unusable, devastated farm fields and made drinking water scarce... The drought, which has lasted for five months, has brought water levels in the middle part of the Yangtze to a near-record low. For the second time since the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric project, began operating, officials have had to make emergency water discharges from it to help ease the drought."