2021-10-13

More than 620 km of desert riparian forest is revitalized by ecological water transportation in Bazhou, Xinjiang

By yqqlm yqqlm

China news network, Urumqi, October 13 (Liu Yushan, Ma Zhanfang, Yue Siying) Bosten Lake, China’s largest inland freshwater lake, for the first time in 2021, delivered water to Populus euphratica forest area in the middle and lower reaches of the Kongque River, and the work has come to an end

on the 13th, at the West pump station of Bosten Lake Management Office in Bazhou, Xinjiang, the tumbling Bosten Lake water was rushing along the river to the middle and lower reaches of Kongque River. The Kongque River in Bazhou is a rare non tributary water system. Its only source is Bosten Lake, the largest inland freshwater lake in China. The Kongque River flowing in the hinterland of the desert plays an important role in preventing the closure of Taklimakan and Kuruktag deserts

on September 1, 2021, Bosten Lake officially launched the ecological water transfer to Populus euphratica forest area in the middle and lower reaches of Kongquehe river for the first time in 2021. After one and a half months of water transfer, 200 million cubic meters of ecological water revitalized the desert riparian forest with Populus euphratica forest as the main body along more than 620km of Kongquehe river

More than 620 km of desert riparian forest is revitalized by ecological water transportation in Bazhou, Xinjiang

after years of ecological water conveyance, the ecological environment along the Kongquehe river has improved significantly, and the vegetation such as Populus euphratica, Salix koraiensis and Phragmites australis has rejuvenated. Han Junmin, discipline inspection Secretary of Puhui farm in Korla City, Bazhou, Xinjiang, said: “Bosten Lake delivers ecological water to Populus euphratica forest area in the middle and lower reaches of Kongque River, and Populus euphratica gradually turns green. At the same time, the number of birds on the water surface of our wetland is also increasing, the living environment has been improved, and the sand and dust weather is less than in previous years.”

in the middle and lower reaches of the Kongque River, there was an extreme shortage of water resources, large-scale degradation of vegetation on both banks, and increased floating dust and sand dust weather in the surrounding areas. Over the years, Bayingolin Administration Bureau of Tarim River Basin in Xinjiang has coordinated and coordinated multiple departments to carry out ecological water delivery to the middle and lower reaches of Kongque River through Bosten Lake, reaching 2.398 billion cubic meters. After years of ecological water delivery, the ecological environment along Kongque River has been significantly improved, Populus euphratica, red willow, reed and other vegetation have regained vitality, and various birds inhabit and forage here, And the endless wetlands form a beautiful ecological picture

Ren Shaohong, a resident of Puhui farm in Korla City, Bazhou, Xinjiang, said: “in the past, it was full of wasteland without any vegetation. When it was windy, the sand was particularly heavy. After ecological water delivery, the wasteland here became a wetland, full of red willows and Populus euphratica, green and more wild animals.”

More than 620 km of desert riparian forest is revitalized by ecological water transportation in Bazhou, Xinjiang(1)

Bosten Lake supplies ecological water to Populus euphratica forest area in the middle and lower reaches of Kongque River, and the ecological environment has been effectively improved. Photo by Yusuf abulizi

since the comprehensive treatment project of the Kongque River Basin was fully launched, in addition to the ecological water supply to the middle and lower reaches of the Kongque River, the local government has also taken a series of measures, such as returning farmland to forest, returning grazing land to grassland, drip irrigation greening, rescue and rejuvenation of Populus euphratica forest, comprehensive treatment of groundwater overexploitation area and so on

MA Jinyu, a member of the Party group of Korla Water Resources Bureau, said: “ecological water conveyance has improved the environment along the Kongque River and achieved good results in replenishing groundwater.”

up to now, the ecological water conveyance work of Bosten Lake has lasted one and a half months, with a cumulative ecological water delivery of 200 million cubic meters, and the water head can reach near the Yingpan Kongque River Bridge more than 620 kilometers away

he Jinliang, chief of the water regulation section of Bayingolin Administration Bureau of the Tarim River Basin, said: “in the future, we will further strengthen the unified regulation of water resources in the basin, scientifically and reasonably allocate water for the national economy and ecological environment in the basin, and continue to promote the sustainable restoration of the ecological environment in the Kongque River Basin.” (end)