Suzhou will beef up the “river chief” system in an effort to clean up filthy rivers and protect water sources from pollutions, according to a government plan released recently.
The “river chief” system will be implemented at four levels: city, county, township and village or community. City leaders, such as Party secretary and mayor, will assume the role of city-level river chiefs.
Every river in Suzhou will have a sign plate to show the name and contact number of the “river chief” for public supervision.
In early January, Suzhou launched a campaign to clean up 40 rivers in downtown districts. Qinglong River in Gusu District has been dredged and its water quality improved significantly.