To Lich River is a major waterway running just south of the heart of Hanoi, Vietnam. For centuries it was the major fishing source for many small villages located along its periphery. This environment provided nourishment for the many families here as well as created a valuable transportation route north and south. As the city industrialized and became increasingly populated, this river transformed into a dumping grounds for factories, households, and individuals leading to the pile up and eventual clogging of the system. It became so poorly polluted that many thought of To Lich as a dead river. Through hopes and perseverance, a new movement was put in place within the last few years to transform and revive it to life.
This is a common tactic among larger groups, organizations, states, countries. Let the problem develop, and solve it later. As we continue to face environmental pressures and consequences to human health we should consider this tactic and how to modify it in the future. As I further document and observe projects such as these, I am curious to see how their effectiveness holds, whether it waivers or becomes increasingly resilient in this modern environmentally facing world.
Fast-forward: The government has replanted the riparian zones to minimize runoff, as well as made park areas to compliment the recently dredged portions of river. Things are turning around, but is this really the way to do it?