Following the recent deaths of tens of thousands of fish in the Tamsui River, Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday pledged to join forces with the Taipei County government to harness the river's potential.
Efforts to reduce the river's pollution levels from "heavy" to "medium" have proved unsuccessful in recent years and the dead fish found in the river earlier this week again raised concerns about its water quality.
During a river cleanup activity yesterday co-hosted by the city and county government at Dadaocheng, Ma and Taipei County Commissioner Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) discussed issues affecting the river ranging from ecology to use of river resources, and vowed to "save the Tamsui River together."
Ma and Chou, who is also a member of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), then led a group of Taipei city councilors picking up trash along the riverbank and said they were pleased that there was not a large amount of trash.
A staff member later somewhat dampened their enthusiasm, however, by acknowledging that the site had been cleaned up by staff workers prior to the event.
KMT Taipei mayoral candidate Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) also promised yesterday to put greater effort into harnessing the river's potential if he wins the election.