Newcastle Chapter

The environmental improvements of the Shingmun River, China

Dr. Paul Kau, Golder Associates, Hong Kong

The Shing Mun River is a man-made flood water diversion channel constructed in the 1960s, passing through several major residential areas in the Kowloon / New Territories District of Hong Kong. Up until the early 1990s, the river has been the recipient of various forms of municipal and light industrial waste and discharge, resulting in the contamination of the river sediments. In March 2001, the Civil Engineering Department of Hong Kong initiated the Stage I works of the Environmental Improvements of Shing Mun River, comprising bioremediation and dredging works totaling approximately HK$100M (AUD 25M) over a 18-month period. This presentation will describe some of the pre-works activities carried out and provide details of the bioremediation technology currently used for the works.

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