Note from Storm: This 2009 article announces the government’s upcoming “restoration” of South Korea’s Han River, the first of four major river restorations to be conducted by the highly-controversial Four Major Rivers Restoration Project. Readers familiar with the current condition of these rivers are invited to bring us up to date in the Comments section at the bottom of this page.
The government has marked the start of a restoration project on the Han River with a ceremony in Yeoju, Gyeonggi Province.
Under the government’s four-river renovation project, over 90 kilometers of the Han River’s main, southern and northern streams will be banked up to prevent flooding by 2011.
The government is planning to have South Korea’s four major rivers — the Han, Yeongsan, Geum and Nakdong — completely renovated by 2012.
[Image credit: Government of South Korea]