The problematic water hyacinth outbreak in Shanghai’s Huangpu River has gone from unsightly to gross over the weeks as the swath of now-rotting aquatic plants has become a net of sorts for garbage to get tangled up in.
The free-floating water plant annually plagues the river despite efforts of the city’s sanitation teams, who maneuver through the green belts on a regular basis to remove them from the surface.
This year’s crop appeared about a month earlier than in previous years and spread from there. Water hyacinths are considered a “bio-disaster” in rivers, ponds and lakes because once they shrivel up and shrink to the bottom, they pollute the water. The thick layers of hyacinths also block sunlight and oxygen from organisms below.
The blanket of decaying noxious plants is now strewn with plastic bottles, rubber and other bits of trash that are generally not pleasant to look at on a mid-day Bund stroll. Environmentalists say the falling water level in the Huangpu, the city’s main source of drinking water, has left the garbage stranded on the edge of the water.
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