Meeting for the Second Stage of River Survey Activities
When: February 16th, 2008, 13:00-15:30
Where: Meijyo Water Treatment Center, Nagoya City
On February 16th 2008, the second summary meeting was held in the third-floor
conference room at the Meijyo Water Treatment Center.
The objectivities of
this meeting were as follows:
(1) Reporting the statistical summarize by the survey result for one year
on 1st stage and
2nd stage of Horikawa Sen-nin Chousatai 2010.
(2) Exchange their opinions, ideas and information to aim at the activities of the 3rd stage.
About 80 people and 20 government officials participated in this meeting,
and discussed the environment of the Horikawa River with earnestness and
enthusiasm as well as humor.
The minuets and the
decisions of this meeting were as follows:
Horikawa Sen-nin Chosatai (HSC) found that the clearness, transparency,
smell, bubbling, COD,
etc on 2nd stage was some improved better than 1st
stage by the Transmission of Raw Water from the Kiso River (TRWKR).
(2) Administration also confirmed that the transmission of clear water
from Kiso River improved the water quality of the Horikawa River. Based on the survey results of the total water
quality of this river were improved before one year.
(3) Although, the 3rd stage is expected to be on worse condition than 2nd
stage because of summer season, HSC should research the data for comparing
3rd stage with 1st stage.
At the end of the day’s
meeting, it was decided that the survey term on 3rd stage is from 21st
April to 30th June, 2008. The participants were able to realize
these facts as below.
HSC found many living things around the Horikawa River, but there is still a lot of dumped garbage
regrettably. Then, cleaning and enlightment activity should be done much
(5) Transmission of Raw Water from the Kiso River is effective in clarifying
the Horikawa River’s water. But it is the social experiment that the term
is limited by 2010. It is necessary for us to elevate the Nagoya Citizen’s
awareness of cleaning up the Horikawa River in order to continue TRWKR
That is to say, it is difficult for us to obtain the agreement with continuation
of TRWKR just because the Horikawa River is natural scientifically cleaned
up by it. It is realized that it is necessary to make Nagoya Citizen elevate
their awareness, to stop dumping garbage, to encourage the cleanup
campaign, and to pour more clean water to the sea for continuing TRWKR.
So HSC have to let more citizens
participate in “Horikawa Cheering Groups” more and more.
This day, Masao Yamada, vice-mayor of Nagoya City, also participated in
the meeting as a citizen. The purport that Vice-mayor Yamada whom the comment
had been requested by the secretariat, remarked is following.
“I admired citizens’ zealous activities.
At Convention on Biological Diversity Conference
of the Parties (COP10) in 2010 that we attract to Nagoya City, we
would introduce the citizens’ activity to
the world. If Horikawa Senn-nin Chosatai
is continued as it is, I consider it is worthy
to be made public there. So please make a
effort to continue it.
Advanced processing of Meijyo Water Treatment Center is gradually progressed though is.Nagoya
City is also working on the Horikawa River
clarification with the citizens.
Then, there was the following supplementary explanation from the head of
Nagoya water and sewage bureau as follows. “Nagoya water and sewage bureau
is planning on introducing the filtration for the improvement of transparency
by 2010, and the treatment controls entrophication afterwards.”
The conference ends in harmonious atmosphere. HSC members left for home with refreshing the desire to the third stage.